I’m actually fairly surprised that we haven’t gotten an appearance announcement from Kate Middleton yet. I kept thinking all week that KP would either announce an appearance or a pregnancy since Kate has absolutely nothing on her schedule, but they haven’t as of time of this posting. Something Kate did do was send a message of support to East Anglia Children’s Hospice (EACH), of which she is Patron, on the occasion of their big Gala Dinner fundraiser on November 30.
EACH‘s big Gala Dinner was held at another of Kate’s patronages, the Natural History Museum, and featured an exclusive performance from Ed Sheeran, who is an EACH Ambassador. The fundraising dinner and auction raised about £262,000.
EACH Vice President Sir Martyn Lewis read a message from Kate to the guests:
“Good evening everyone and thank you all so much for supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, a wonderful organisation of which I am incredibly proud to be Patron. It has only been two years since I had the privilege of attending the launch of The Nook Appeal in Norwich and I am delighted to hear fundraising is going well. Congratulations to you all.
“EACH delivers exceptional care and support across East Anglia and The Nook is vital for their vision of further transforming children’s palliative care in Norfolk. Not only will The Nook be a very special place to receive care, it will become a central hub from which the specialist team can co-ordinate, develop and deliver vital services in hundreds of family homes. I am in no doubt The Nook will make a huge difference to thousands of children and families for many years to come.
“I do hope you all have an enjoyable evening and are able to continue helping EACH move ever closer to achieving their vision. Thank you again for your support.”
It’s a good message and would have made a great speech. It’s too bad that Kate didn’t attend this event.
I’ve seen many people frustrated and angry with Kate for not attending this Gala Dinner, and I share that frustration since Kate literally has nothing on her schedule right now so it’s not like she couldn’t fit this event in. However, I do want to make clear that Kate was never publicly scheduled to attend this event.
Trisha at A Petite Princess wrote a really nice article about the disappointment she felt that Kate did not attend EACH’s Gala Dinner, which you can read here. Trisha clearly cares very much for EACH, and I commend her support of them. I know many people share Trisha’s disappointment that Kate skipped the Gala Dinner.
But I want to draw your attention to another big event for one of Kate’s patronages that she also skipped just recently: SportsAid’s 40th anniversary SportsBall held on November 24. Every year on Thanksgiving, SportsAid hosts their big SportsBall which is a fundraising event and auction that also honors up-and-coming athletic talent. This year marked the 40th anniversary of SportsAid, and saw many of their alumni compete and win medals in Rio, so this SportsBall was particularly memorable for them. After becoming Patron of SportsAid in 2013, Kate attended the 2013 SportsBall, but has since skipped this big event every year (even though she has never had a scheduling conflict).
Every year I wait for KP to announce Kate’s going to the SportsBall and every year I’m left disappointed. As much as Trisha is befuddled as to why Kate skipped EACH’s Gala Dinner, I am befuddled every year as to why Kate doesn’t attend these SportsBalls. They are easy events to show support for her patronage while added to her total numbers.
But this is what Kate does. She attends 1-2 events per patronage per year and thinks that’s enough, and expects everyone at the patronage to sing her praises to the press claiming she’s so dedicated to the cause. She’s not.
At least Kate sent a message to EACH – SportsAid got nothing.