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Evelina London patients enjoy Back to Nature festival with Duchess of Cambridge

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, who is the Patron of Evelina Childrens’ Hospital in Waterloo, invited three young patients to the opening this month of The Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Wisley in Woking, Surrey, writes Rosie Clarkson…

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Kate invited the three patients, who had recently undergone surgery, to an opening of a new play park. The three girls were: fourteen year old Louise Chipps from Eltham, three year old Evelina McFarlane from Gravesend and ten year old Hope-Tia Marriner from Streatham.

Louise is being treated for brittle bone disease and recently had a full hip replacement.

Evelina, who was named after the hospital after saving her life, was diagnosed with a heart condition during her mum’s pregnancy scan.

Hope-Tia who was diagnosed with heart defects during her mum’s pregnancy scan.

They all participated in a range of outdoor activities and got to talk with the Her Royal Highness herself!

Louise said: “The Duchess asked me what my favourite part of the day was and I told her it was meeting a princess. She was beautiful.”

“It was a really lovely day and the first time we’d been outside in a month as Louise has been recovering from surgery”, said Lorraine, Louise’s mother.

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