The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has pledged to pay a sweet tribute to nine-year-old Fraser Delf, a young boy who very sadly passed away in January from a rare condition called Coats plus syndrome. It impacts multiple organs and causes brain, bones and other bodily abnormalities.
While on a joint Zoom call with Fraser's family, Kate (who has three children of her own, George, Charlotte and Louis) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, heard about the Delf's experience of living in the EACH hospice in Milton, Cambridge for seven weeks. They spoke about the incredible support they received as part of Children’s Hospice Week (which runs until 22 to 28 June).
The royals chatted with with Fraser's parents, Stuart and Carla Delf, plus their 13-year-old son, Stuie – who has been running a sponsored 5K every day last month to remember Fraser (raising over £18,000). Stuie mentioned being inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old veteran who raised millions for the NHS by walking sponsored laps around his garden.
"Oh Captain Tom. Captain Tom has done a lot for this country, hasn't he?" Camilla noted. "He's inspired so many people. You must be very fit, Stuie."
Following the call, Stuart shared with the BBC that Kate had promised to make a sweet gesture in memory of his son. "[The Duchess] said she was going to plant a sunflower in memory of Fraser. I'm not sure which EACH it's going to be [in], but at one of the hospices."
The thoughtful move is especially fitting as it's widely known that The Duchess of Cambridge has a real passion for gardening, having previously created an outdoor space for the Royal Chelsea Flower Show. According to Interflora, sunflowers can represent positivity and strength.
As well as honouring their charitable duties over video calls, the royals have slowly begun meeting the general public in person again too, with Prince William recently paying a visit to an ambulance station to speak with staff about their mental health. While there, he happened to reveal his very relatable new hobby...
On the topic of children's hospices, Kate said, "[They] go that extra mile actually and support families like yourselves, I think it's extraordinary. And, like you say, they consider the whole family as well, which is really important."
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