On March 19th William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited Child Bereavement UK headquarters near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. The Child Bereavement UK charity was launched by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1994.
During a 2009 visit to launch the charity’s Mother’s Day campaign, Prince William, who has been patron of Child Bereavement UK since 2009, famously made a rare public comment about losing his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
‘Never being able to say the word “Mummy” again in your life sounds like a small thing. However, for many, including me, it’s now really just a word – hollow and evoking only memories.’
In October 2011, he raised more than £600,000 for the organisation at a fundraiser held in St James’s Palace.
The mandate of Child Bereavement UK is:
We support families and educate professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement
During this visit William and Kate visited with staff as well as families who have lost a child. Something which must be particularly poignant as the couple are expecting their first child in July.
For more information on this charity, visit Child Bereavement UK website.