The Duchess of Cornwall has donated books and bought teddy bears for her grandchildren on a visit to a charity book shop and clothes store in London.

Her Royal Highness, Patron of south London based Trinity Hospice, the oldest hospice in England, looked round the shops in Kensington, west London. They are two of 21 stores which jointly raise £3.2 million a year – a third of the cost of the charity’s work.

The Duchess and her husband Prince Charles donated a number of books, including one co-written by The Prince, called Harmony.

Her Royal Highness met volunteers, staff and supporters in the two shops, and paid a total of £6 for two small Trinity Hospice teddy bears, explaining that they were for her grandchildren.

Trinity Hospice, which was established in 1891, provides care for people with advanced illnesses either at home or at the hospice.

One third of its funding comes from the NHS and the remainder from charitable sources including the shops, which have been set up since 1992.

Services are offered to a population of 750,000 people in central and south west London and support more than 2,500 people a year.

The Duchess has been Patron since 2006.

Hospice Chairman Derek Wyatt said: “The Duchess has been our royal patron for five years, we thought that was going to be the beginning and end of it, but she has recently renewed it, saying how much she enjoyed working with us. The Queen Mother was our Royal Patron for more than 50 years. It’s very nice that it’s being passed down the line.”


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