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Countess of Wessex decorates biscuits with youngsters at Shooting Star Hospice

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Countess of Wessex decorates biscuits with youngsters at Shooting Star Hospice

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 4:15pm 14th February 2020.

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex paid a Valentine's themed visit to a charity very close to her heart this week (12 February). 

She enjoyed decorating heart-shaped biscuits with children and families supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. 

The Countess, who is Royal Patron of the charity, visited Shooting Star House in Hampton which is one of two hospices run by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

The charity cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families, across Surrey and London.

Jenny, mum of three-year-old Gwen who’s living with spina bifida, said it was a lovely afternoon:

"Gwen thoroughly enjoyed meeting a real life princess.

"Gwen decorated a biscuit with The Countess, which is a special memory that we as a family will be able to treasure.

"When you have a child with a life-limiting condition it’s lovely to be able to do things like this because life can be hard sometimes and these sorts of things make you realise that you’re not alone.

"The support that we get from the charity is just brilliant.”

Supported child Emma decorating Valentine's Day biscuits with HRH The Countess of Wessex at Shooting Star Children's Hospices Countess of Wessex visits shooting star hospice
The Countess of Wessex decorates Valentine's biscuits with Emma
Supported child Imogen and her mum, Kelly, meet HRH The Countess of Wessex at Shooting Star Children's Hospices Countess of Wessex visits shooting star hospice
Imogen and her mum had the chance to meet the Countess
Emma and Brooke present Shooting Star Children's Hospices' Royal Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex with a canvas and some flowers Countess of Wessex visits shooting star hospice
Emma and Brooke presented the Countess with a bouquet of flowers

Addressing the nurses and care staff at the hospice, The Countess thanked them for all their work:

“Thank you for what you do in looking after these wonderful and beautiful children.

"The care and love that you show to every single child who comes through the door is immeasurable.

"You are their family when they’re here.

"The parents trust you completely with their children and no price can be put on that.

"And to all of the people who are helping to fund this amazing organisation, thank you – it’s a very special place and I know that many families couldn’t survive without Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.”