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Super Royal Visitor joins in the fun at Rainbows during Children’s Hospice Week

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra watched the children and young people at Rainbows getting crafty for Children’s Hospice Week when she visited the hospice.

The Princess joined the children and young people as they finished their preparations for the charity’s Superhero Friday on 25th May and annual Walk of Life on 27th May, part of the national Children’s Hospice Week activity. Amongst the children were Thomas Nemeth, aged 20 months and his sister, Ellie, aged six from Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Samuel Green, aged two from Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire. Amy and Daniel Donegani, 23 and 20 from Loughborough, Leicestershire, Jake Street, aged 16 from Belper and Emily Swann and her family from Wigston. They were making superhero masks to be used on the days of fun and fundraising.


The Princess was given a guided tour by Rainbows Chief Executive Geoff Ellis. He explained how the hospice supports families every step of the way; from the moment their child is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, to easing symptoms, making everyday life better and being there for families when they lose their child.

Her Royal Highness heard about the professional care and saw the therapy facilities at the hospice including those within the therapy wing. She was shown how bespoke areas within the wing give children and young people the chance to receive treatment, or just have fun, in the hydrotherapy pool, state-of-the-art multi-sensory room, soft play, music and massage therapy rooms. Children can have a ‘trip to the cinema’ in the conference room, which is fitted with the latest audiovisual equipment.

At the end of her visit Princess Alexandra was presented with a posy of flowers by Ellie Nemeth, aged six, who is a sister of Thomas who attends Rainbows.

Geoff Ellis said: “We were delighted to welcome HRH Princess Alexandra to Rainbows and to have the opportunity to show her the facilities. She was absolutely wonderful and took great care to ensure she was personally introduced to everyone at Rainbows during her tour. We hope her visit will inspire people to support Rainbows, especially during this Children’s Hospice Week.

As she left, Princess Alexandra remarked on how marvellous the facilities at Rainbows are and she said there was a wonderful atmosphere about the hospice.

“Children’s Hospice Week is a national week of activities designed to raise awareness and funds for the nation’s 50 children’s hospices. Rainbows encouraged businesses to join in on Superhero Friday by holding fundraising activities at work during the day.

People and businesses wanting to donate to the Children’s Hospice should visit www.rainbows.co.uk

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