The prospect of motherhood is bringing out the charitable side in Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. The expectant Duchess recently donated a hamper of baby products to East Angila Children’s Hospices (EACH). The hamper, which included products worth about $160 initially was put up for auction by the nonprofit, and as of Monday, January 7th, the bidding was already at over $400.
Kate was declared Royal Patron to the charity in January of 2011. EACH supports families and care “for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk,” offering on and off-site care and helping families cope with the challenges they face, “helping them to make the most of life.”
The idea for an auction was started by Russell Baker, who wanted to help raise money for EACH’s daily operating costs—which sit around $24,000. And despite the fact that Kate was hospitalized for severe morning sickness at the time the auction began, she still managed to donate the hamper. That’s some real dedication.
“EACH is invaluable to hundreds of families,” Kate wrote in a statement on the charity’s website. “In the past year there has been an unprecedented amount of care and support delivered to children and young people with life-threatening illnesses, and their families.”
She continues, “I have been fortunate enough to meet some of those who have been supported by EACH, and seen firsthand the positive impact this organization has on their lives. For both families accessing care, and those who have been bereaved, EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time.”
Cheers to Kate Middleton, but all we can think about is how- being royalty- she will never have to deal with one of the more annoying problems with being pregnant, having people touch her. Or maybe not. After all, Lauren Santo Domingo is extremely well off (hubby Andres Santo Domingo is a billionaire) yet she had this to say to Vogue:
“I have never felt compelled to rub another person’s belly, pregnant or otherwise, so I just cannot understand the eagerness those have to rub mine,” says Moda Operandi cofounder Lauren Santo Domingo, who is expecting her second child this fall. “I recently had an intoxicated woman poke around at my stomach as if it were some sort of party trick.”