£400k raised by royal charity visit to Houghton Hall

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) Gala Dinner at Houghton Hall which was attended by The Duchess of Cambridge, as Royal Patron of EACH, with The Duke of Cambridge. A Taste of Norfolk, hosted by The Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley. ANL-160623-074334009

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) Gala Dinner at Houghton Hall which was attended by The Duchess of Cambridge, as Royal Patron of EACH, with The Duke of Cambridge. A Taste of Norfolk, hosted by The Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley. ANL-160623-074334009

The charity gala which Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge attended at Houghton Hall last week has raised more than £400,000.

The Taste Of Norfolk dinner which was hosted at Houghton Hall last week, entertained more than 80 guests from all over the world to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

An EACH spokeswoman said: “The final figure is yet to be announced but organisers expect this to be in excess of £400k.”

The money raised is to go towards the charity’s nook appeal to build new hospice on a five-acre site in Framingham Earl.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a patron of EACH, told the five Michelin-starred chefs who created the evening’s menu: “William has to put up with my cooking most of the time.”

The Prince replied: “It’s the reason I’m so skinny.”

EACH had hoped the event would raise more than £100,000 for the new hospice, work on which is due to start in 2018, and at the time their total stood at £2.5 million.

EACH Chief Executive Graham Butland said: “Everyone at EACH is thrilled with the success of A Taste of Norfolk and the projected figure raised of more than £400k is absolutely magnificent.

“This special event enables the nook to be one step closer for so many families, but we still have a long way to go and urge everyone to help in whatever way they can.”