The Duchess of York has become a Patron of Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity.
The Duchess pledged her support following a special visit to the charity’s Wiltshire base in Devizes last month.
The Duchess spent time chatting, playing and interacting with families and staff before reading an extract from one of her children’s books during the tour of the hospice.
After the visit, the Duchess said: “I am delighted and privileged to accept the offer of a Patronage of Julia’s House.
“I was so taken by the charity when I visited. It is a place of unity providing harmony and happiness. When I walked in, I immediately felt embraced, that everything was okay and that I was able to just be with the children, which was a real luxury.
“It is such a good place where children are able to be themselves. Not to be judged, just to be.”
Martin Edwards, Chief Executive of Julia’s House, said: “We are thrilled that the Duchess of York has agreed to become a Patron.
“I have rarely seen somebody understand so quickly the nature of what we do and immediately embrace our ethos in such a warm, genuine and generous way. It was such a joy to see.
“We are very much looking forward to involving the Duchess in our future plans.”
Julia’s House currently care for more than 160 families across Dorset and Wiltshire, in their two children’s hospices and also in family homes. The charity has been supporting families in Dorset for 15 years and expanded its award-winning care service into Wiltshire five years ago.
The Duchess of York joins other Julia’s House Patrons including Martin Clunes, Guy and Jacqui Ritchie, Eddie Howe, Harry Redknapp, Jasper Conran, Trudie Styler, Rupert Everett, Nigel Havers and, most recently, musician James McVey.