Duchess of Cambridge is presented with a posy of flowers by a four-year-old girl
Kate was given the flowers by Nell Cork, whose brother, Finnbar, received care at the centre, run by East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each), in the Norfolk village of Quidenham, before he died in August last year.
The family, from Hethersett, near Norwich, are among those who have been helped by the hospice charity.
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She was greeted by dozens of flag-waving schoolchildren as she arrived at the centre on Tuesday, smiling as she took time to speak to many of the youngsters in the crowd before meeting dignitaries.
Inside the centre she met children with life-threatening conditions and their families.
The hospice's family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, well-being activities, therapy and counselling – all designed to meet the individual needs of the child or young person and their parents.
The Duchess, wearing emerald green, crouched down as she spoke to Nell
Inside the centre she met children with life-threatening conditions and their families
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Opened in 1991, the hospice has outgrown its site and a new purpose-built facility called The Nook is planned for Norfolk, to provide more families with the same facilities as those offered by Each hospices for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.
Kate helped to launch The Nook Appeal in 2014, and was being updated on the progress of efforts to raise £10 million for the project by staff, supporters and families whom she was meeting at the hospice.