Children’s hospice Bear Cottage has celebrated their upcoming visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with an afternoon tea party.
Bear Cottage, located in Manly, Australia, will receive a visit from William and Kate on their tour of Australasia next month.
Founded in 2001, the hospice supports families whose children have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and is one of only two in the whole of Australia. At Bear Cottage, ‘life is celebrated, lived to its fullest and also fondly remembered’, as stated on their site.
The tea party was ‘Royal’ themed, in a celebration for the upcoming the Royal visit next month, and the festivities also coincided with the hospice’s 13th birthday. Ms Simmons, of Bear Cottage, said: ‘Everyone is very excited about the Royal visit and we thought that we’d hold a number of fun events for our staff, families and volunteers so we can get in the swing of things.’
Bear Cottage costs $2.9 million a year to run, and they rely entirely on community support for these expenses. The Cambridges’ visit will hopefully raise the profile of the hospice and enable them to continue providing the services they do, which includes ten bedrooms, treatment rooms, a ‘messy play’ room, a quiet room, a spa and a sensory garden.
‘Bear Cottage turned 13 yesterday so a high tea was the perfect way to celebrate both occasions’ said Ms Simmons. The centre also has a garden party and a ‘race’ day planned in the weeks running up to their Royal visit on Good Friday.
The Duchess of Cambridge took on one of her first patronages in 2011 with the East Anglia’s Children Hospice (EACH), and this was where Kate gave her first public speech, praising the centre’s work and the support given to families.