Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie

The children’s ward at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore had a special surprise visit today (Wednesday 19 December), from the hospital’s Redevelopment Appeal Patron, Princess Eugenie of York.

Princess Eugenie, who was treated at the RNOH, participated in various Christmas-related activities with the children.

She also used the visit to speak with patients who are unable to leave their bedsides and will be spending Christmas on the ward.

Princess Eugenie said: "It was a delight to return to the hospital and spend time with these brave [young] children and help them forget what they’re going through, especially at Christmas when you just want to be excited about toys, chocolate and Santa.

"I’m living proof of the way the RNOH can change people’s lives, which is why I offered my support for the Redevelopment Appeal."

Lead nurse, Clare Kehoe, said: "The arrival of Princess Eugenie caused lots of excitement in the children’s ward - the impact the Princess has had today really has lifted the children’s spirits.

"This time of year is always challenging for our young patients and their families, which is why we went that extra mile to secure an extra special visitor for Christmas."

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