Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited both Evelina London Children’s Hospital and The Passage homeless centre.
William and Kate first headed to Evelina London, a special clinic that cares for children with rare and complex conditions and helps support their families. The visit was made by the couple as Kate was made a patron of the hospital. The Royal Family went on to say: “Through visits to hospitals and hospices The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact that comprehensive care and support can have upon young children. Her Royal Highness’s new patronage of Evelina London provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years.”
The couple walked through the hospital atrium, being greeted by staff, nurses, patients and visitors. People is reporting: “One young patient - 12-year-old Esme Orbell, who has been coming to see the specialists at the hospital as she has right hemiplegia - says of Kate, ‘She was so polie and lovely, and talked to everyone. She wished me a happy Christmas.’
“Her mother, Jackie, adds that they came to London from Bury St. Edmonds, in Suffolk, for the appointment today. ‘We have been coming here for eight years and to have the royals come in today has made it really special for her. It made our trip worthwhile.”
The Duke and Duchess then visited Passage homeless centre where they heard from frontline workers about the challenges of homelessness including drug addiction and mental health issues. The Telegraph is saying: “The Duke of Cambridge has spoken out against the scourge of the drug ‘spice’ after hearing about its devastating effect on the homeless.
“The Duke and Duchess were left moved by the problems the illegal synthetic high is causing rough sleepers, after learning its usage is increasing according to homeless charity The Passage. “During the visit the Duke told Mick Clarke, chief executive of The Passage: ‘The fact it was a legal high and that young people were allowed to take it and it leads to addiction is just terrible.”