THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE WILL VISIT EVELINA LONDON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND THE PASSAGE
Tuesday 11th December, 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Evelina London Children’s Hospital and homeless resource centre The Passage on Tuesday 11th December.
Their Royal Highnesses will firstly visit Evelina London, which is preparing to mark its 150th anniversary in 2019. 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.
The Duke and Duchess will meet a number of children receiving care at the hospital, and will hear more from staff and parents about Evelina London’s life changing care and support for families. Their Royal Highnesses will then join some of the children as they take part in a number of Christmas-themed activities, before joining celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the hospital.
The Duke and Duchess will then travel to The Passage, where they will hear from frontline workers about some of the challenges relating to street homelessness, including drug addiction and mental health issues. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet a number of The Passage’s service users as they join an arts and crafts workshop to prepare cards and gifts ahead of centre’s Christmas party the following week.
Established in 1980, The Passage provides resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to make lasting and long-term changes to their lives. The organisation runs the UK’s largest resource centre for homeless and insecurely housed people, a number of homelessness prevention projects and two innovative accommodation services. Since its inception, The Passage has helped over 130,000 people in crisis.
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