St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington is looking to raise £2million towards a new children’s intensive care unit and Kate Middleton has decided to lend her support in this venture, having given birth to her kids – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – at the hospital. And by “support” I mean she/her team released a three sentence long statement which neither their website nor the Kensington Palace Twitter account bothered posting. Kate also added two appearances to her schedule for December.
BTW, today is a two post kind of day. Go here to read about Harry’s speech in Lesotho.
Of The More Smiles Appeal, which was launched earlier this week by Imperial College Healthcare Charity and charity COSMIC, to raise at least £2million towards a new children’s intensive care unit which will help provide more beds for children, upgrade equipment, and build a dedicated parents’ room among other facilities, Kate said:
“The thought of your child in an intensive care unit is harrowing for any parent. The commitment to expand and transform the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital will vitally guarantee more space to treat more children and support more families. As someone who was so brilliantly cared for by St Mary’s, I am delighted to support the Children’s Intensive Care Appeal, and commend the important work of all those involved in the project.”
I wonder if she will do anything other than release this statement in support of this appeal. Other than visiting a pottery factory in February 2015, Kate hasn’t bothered to go back and check in on the EACH Nook Appeal which she launched back in November 2014 (seriously, what’s up with that?). And what happened with those bug cups? I want to know how much money that raised.
EDIT: I wrote this article up several hours before it posted and mentioned that I wanted an update on EACH’s Nook appeal, and I just checked Twitter two hours after it posted and lo and behold the KP Twitter account retweeted a tweet from EACH saying they raised £2million. What a huge coincidence!
In other Kate news, she added two appearances to her schedule for December 9th and 10th. On Wednesday, December 9th, Kate and Prince William will attend ICAP’s 23rd annual Charity Day. They will attend as Patrons of three charities benefiting from the global revenues that ICAP will donate during their Charity Day: SkillForce, Sportsaid, and Place2Be. OMG, Kate’s actually doing something attached to SportsAid! Wow. She hasn’t done anything even remotely related to SportsAid since she attended an athlete workshop in November 2014. Granted, she’s still not visiting the actual charity, but it’s quasi-related.
On Thursday, December 10th, Kate will visit the Action on Addiction’s Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster Wiltshire. She will be there to see its work providing training, education, and professional development for those working in addiction and other related fields. The last time she did a public appearance for Action on Addiction was in October 2014 when she attended the Autumn Gala. She received the outgoing and incoming Chief Executives on October 21, 2015, but that was a no-press thing.
William doesn’t have an appearance until Monday, December 7th, when he will visit Birmingham for a day of engagements. Kate’s last appearance was on November 20 in North Wales, and William’s was the 24th. I wonder if they are taking a vacation as I type this. This is the longest amount of time they have had off in November (when their rumored trip was supposed to take place). And with Harry in South Africa to take the attention away from what they’re doing, this would be a perfect opportunity for a Cambridge vacation.
Photos: Getty / Nathan Gallagher/SportsAid / Action on Addiction Facebook