Duchess Kate opens Evelina’s new accommodation facility

News Desk (02 March, 2017) Health

The Duchess met staff and residents at the 59-bedroom house which provides a "home away from home" for families of sick children

153798-year-old Izzy presenting Duchess Kate with a posy

The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the Evelina London Children’s Hospital’s new accommodation facility on Tuesday morning, writes Kirsty Purnell…

The £13 million 59-bedroom facility is managed by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMCH) and provides a “home away from home” for families whose children are being treated at Evelina Hospital.

The Duchess with families in the kitchen

During her visit, Duchess Kate met RMHC Evelina staff and Evelina doctors and nurses, as well as spending time with families who are staying at the house.

One such family is the Randalls, whose eight-year-old-daughter Izzy gave the Duchess a posy. Izzy’s brother Luke has up to 50-60 epileptic fits a day. She and her parents, from West Sussex, have been staying at the house for four weeks.

She also met the Neal family. Their son Edward is being treated at Evelina for a little understood illness, which started as an earache but escalated into his lungs collapsing, followed by paralysis. The Surrey family have been at the house two weeks.

Duchess Kate with the Neal family

The house was opened in December 2016 and was built in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity

Jon Haward, Executive Director of RMHC, said: “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge could be with us today to see our flagship House now ready for families. It was an ambitious project and we and our partners have worked long and hard to bring it to fruition.”

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