Our Royal Visit
Today TRH The Duke and Duchesses of Cambridge visited Keech Hospice Care! After lots of preparation staff, volunteers and patients welcomed the Royal Couple into their beloved hospice to find out more about what happens here and especially its bereavement support and art therapy services.
In a particularly moving moment, HRH Prince William shared memories of his own mother's death with Ben Hines, 14, who lost his mother at the hospice last summer. Prince William but his hand on Ben's arm and said: "Time makes it easier." He also spoke about how he still 'misses his mother every day'. Read more.
You can follow the excitement of the day on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles where we posted pictures and updates as they happened. You can also type #KeechRoyalVisit into any social media search to find out what happened here on the day.
Jamie, 10 and Ethan, 6, Conium whose brother Kieran, 10, died at the hospice in October 2014 presented Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a personalised memory jar to remind them of their time spent at Keech today. We use memory jars at Keech as a tool in pre- and post-bereavement support to help adult and child patients, family members and staff to think through their experiences of a certain person or period of time. Read more
Evie Farmer, 7, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, whose brother Charlie, 9 is looked after by Keech, presented HRH the Duchess of Cambridge with a beautiful posy. The posy was designed by Amy Richardson from Dunstable whose mum Jackie died from breast cancer at the hospice in 2014. Read more
Keech’s Head Gardener, Ron Willet stood alongside posy giver, Evie Farmer. Ron has shown exceptional voluntary service to Keech Hospice Care. Read more
Our wonderful 25th birthday cake was designed and made by Sarah Clayton from Novelties Cakes in Luton. Sarah worked in the hospice kitchens providing meals for patients and families and as a volunteer for the charity for four years. Read more
We are delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses to Keech Hospice Care. I will be very proud to show the Duke and Duchess our excellent adult and children’s facilities which as a charity we provide to patients and their families at the time in their lives they need it most. Keech Hospice Care is a hospice full of life and our staff, patients and volunteers look forward to showing it to the Duke and Duchess as we celebrate 25 years of excellent care.
Liz Searle, Keech Hospice Care Chief Executive Officer