THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE WILL VISIT A NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY WORKSHOP AT EVELINA LONDON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Tuesday 28th January 2020
The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, will join a creative workshop run by the National Portrait Gallery’s Hospital Programme at Evelina London on Tuesday 28th January to see how the creative arts can support children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.
The National Portrait Gallery works in close collaboration with play specialists from Evelina London to take artists into the hospital to deliver workshops to children of all ages, along with their siblings and parents. Activities take place on the ward or in play rooms.
The Hospital Programme runs in three other children’s hospitals in London – Great Ormond Street Hospital, Newham University Hospital and the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, working with nursing staff, hospital teachers and specialists. Over the past 15 years over 20,000 children (aged 0-18) have benefited from the creative workshops which include photography, animation, sculpture and textiles.
Evelina London, which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, of which the Queen is patron, provides comprehensive health services to children and families from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life. Evelina London also offers specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions from across south London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex and beyond.
During her visit, the Duchess will join young children receiving care at the hospital who will be participating in creative activities including illustration, photography and 3D set design. Her Royal Highness will also hear more about the relationship between the NPG and Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
The Duchess has been Patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012. Her Royal Highness became Patron of Evelina London in 2018.