The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall next week in support of the East Anglian Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The event, called A Taste of Norfolk, is being hosted by the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley, with guests being invited in recognition of their support for EACH’s Nook appeal.
The campaign is aiming to raise £10 million to build a new hospice at Framingham Earl, near Norwich. The Duchess is the hospice’s royal patron.
The dinner, which will take place on Wednesday, will feature five courses created and cooked by leading chefs Galton Blackiston, Sat Bains, Claude Bosi, Tom Kerridge and Mark Edwards.
EACH chief executive Graham Butland said: “A Taste of Norfolk is a truly unprecedented event for EACH and has only been made possible following many months of hard work and dedication from our voluntary committee.
“We want to say a huge thank you to them and to the many companies and individuals who have so generously shown their support.”
EACH patron Emma Deterding, who has led the organisation of the event, said: “Having been a patron of EACH for over 25 years, I am proud to be part of something so inspirational.
“I have seen at first hand how incredible and important the development of the children’s hospice movement is since its beginnings in the 1980s.
“I continue to be amazed by how hard EACH works to ensure that hundreds of children with life-threatening conditions and their families in East Anglia get the best care possible.
“The passion and commitment that the staff demonstrates and the care they offer both in the hospices and the community is inspiring and humbling in equal measure.
“I would like to thank Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for agreeing to join us for this amazing evening. Special thanks are also due to The Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley for so generously offering us Houghton Hall as a venue.
“There have been so many companies and individuals who have generously and graciously shown their support. We are so grateful.”