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Bexley and north Kent charity grateful for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge royal baby gesture

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:55 25 July 2013

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked well-wishers to donate to children's charities rather than send gifts for their new baby. Pic by Yui Mok

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked well-wishers to donate to children's charities rather than send gifts for their new baby. Pic by Yui Mok

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have implored well-wishers to make donations to children's charities rather than send gifts for their newborn baby, delighting Bexley and north Kent hospice at home service chYps.

The charity cares for seriously young children at their homes and Rachel Holweger, director of fundraising, said: “As a charity we must raise £1.47million every year to be able to care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

“One of the biggest challenges we face is letting people know we exist. We remain invisible because our care is given behind closed doors.

“We are overjoyed to hear that their Royal Highnesses have a newborn son and are very grateful for their suggestion for well-wishers to donate to children’s charities. It’s a lovely gesture and one that is very much appreciated.”

At the end of April Kate Middleton recorded a video message giving her support to Children’s Hospice Week.

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