Kate has donated a special prize for a charity auction in aid of her patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices, a beautiful baby hamper which was given to the charity on the day it was announced she was expecting her first child. I thought it a very kind gesture given the fact Kate was admitted to hospital on the day of the announcement and at a time of such personal joyous news her thoughts were with EACH.
The starting bid for the baby hamper (you can view it directly here) was £100 and the ending date for the auction is May 31st. I expect the coveted item will fetch a sizeable amount for the charity. Lucky winners will attend the 'prize' presentation night on Thursday, June 6 at the Artique gallery.
The Each Charity Auction was the brainchild of Lord Baker of Little Moulton who said:
'The charity needs 15,000 a day to deliver its services, so I hope the public will get behind this online auction and help to raise more than £5,000 to help the hospices continue caring for and supporting local children with life-threatening conditions and their families'.
Other items in the auction include James Morrison gig tickets, an Ipswich Town F.C. signed football and a Douglas Hyde limited edition print. Bids for some items start at just £5. Donations are also graciously accepted and you can find all relevant details here.
The Duchess delivered her first speech at The Treehouse Children's Hospice in Ipswich, Suffolk last March and spoke about the vital work done by the charity and met with children and families availing of the services provided such as day care in the family home and hospice, overnight breaks in hospice, including for families if they wish, 24 hour telephone support, music therapy, specialist play and end of life care in the family home or hospice depending on family preference.
As Kate said in her speech, EACH is "a lifeline for families going through an unimaginably difficult time" and in the current economic climate charities need support and creative fundraising ideas such as this auction more than ever. I think it's a charity very close to Kate's heart and one we will see her work with closely in the future.
Wishing EACH all the best with their fundraising endeavours and sincerely hope they achieve their target of £5,000.
One of Kate's most popular looks was the teal Jenny Packham gown she wore to the Olympic launch party Our Greatest Team Rises in May. Kate's dress was a bespoke version of Jenny Packham's bridal 'Aspen' gown and could only be described as exquisite.
Jenny Packham described Kate's dress as:
"The style combines an emerald lace bodice embellished with Swarovski crystals and a pleated skirt, ribbon waisted with a crystal and flower embellishment and matching clutch bag."
A look at the sheer back.
Whilst a Jenny Packham would set you back thousands particularly for a bespoke piece like Kate's, What Kate Wore FB friend Brooke Matson has found a fantastic Repli-Kate the ABS by Allen Schwartz Gown available at Bloomingdales for €528 in sizes 0-12. The ethereal gown features lace trim at sleeves, neck, back and waist, v neck, sheer lace scoop back and waist.
A number of you have been asking about news regarding upcoming engagements. At present we haven't heard anything. I believe William is currently working in Anglesey and Kate is in Bucklebury with her parents. Due to Kate's illness, engagement announcements could be at very short notice. However, we are expecting some interesting announcements this month such as Kate's due date and Prince William's RAF plans. Kate turns 31 on January 9th, her last birthday before motherhood. Perhaps we'll hear something.
I hope you're all having a lovely weekend x