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Kate Middleton, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge becomes Royal Patron for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices – EACH.

Kate Middleton married Prince William on 29 April 2011 in front of the world’s media and overnight her world changed forever.   The Duchess of Cambridge accepted the position as Royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, EACH.
EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire,  Essex,  Norfolk and Suffolk.

The charity supports children wherever their family wishes.  This can be in the families own home,  in hospital or at one of their hospices.  EACH has hospice’s in Ipswich, Milton and Quiddenham.

The charity is reported to require an estimated £4.8 million in public donations to deliver its services this year.  Ironside Associates are pleased to support EACH as one of our chosen charities.

The Duchesses support will help increase awareness and understanding of the services that the charity offers to children,  young people and the families that receive their care.

Furthermore she has also accepted honorary positions with a range of charities that tackle issues from drug and alcohol addiction to children with behavioural problems and terminal illnesses.  These charities are: Action on Addiction, The Art Room (a charity helping vulnerable children through art programmes) and the National Portrait Gallery.

All four charities reflect her love of the arts, sports and her wish to work with children,  following in the footsteps of Diana,  Princess of Wales giving her support to children’s charities.

She will turn 30 on Monday and has reportedly asked that all gifts are to be made in the form of donations to the charities she is now involved with.

The practice of members of the Royal Family lending their names to organisations through formal patronages is thought to have existed since the 18th century.  The first recorded was George II’s involvement with the Society of Antiquities, an organisation concerned with architectural and art history.  The society still exists today.

Further to the Duchesses high profile support there will also be an opportunity for her chosen charities to join The Princes Forum,  which brings together charitable interests of The Duchess,  The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

During the next few months the Duchess will be making both private and public visits across the UK to meet with the organisations.