Fraser Delf tragically died on January 17 this year at the age of nine.
This May, Fraser’s brother Stuie, 13, embarked on a challenge to do a 5km run every day of the month in memory of his brother, and to raise money for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (Each) which cared for him.
Stuie set out to raise £1,000, but the total support ended up being £15,735 – 1,573 percent of the initial target.
On the JustGiving page that was set up for the cause, Stuie wrote: “Sadly my brother Fraser passed away on January 17th 2020 at the age of 9. He spent his last few months in the hospice.
“The hospice allowed us as a family to create some amazing memories with Fraser. In return I would like to raise money for them.”
Kate joined Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in a video call with staff from children’s hospices as well as the Delf Family.
Kate Middleton (R) and Princess Camilla joined hospice staff and the Delf family in the call.
They discussed a range of topics relating to the work of children’s hospices as the pandemic affects the way they are able to deliver care.
Crucially, the lockdown has meant that donations to Each – the hospice which cared for Fraser – has seen a drop in donations due to the pandemic.
In the call, Kate said she was a “massive fan” of the work of the staff at children’s hospices.
Stuie Delf told Kate that Captain Tom had inspired him to take on the 5km-a-day challenge.
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Stuie Delf told Kate that Captain Tom (R) inspired him to run 5km every day of May.
100-year-old veteran Captain Tom Moore made headlines this year for raising £32.8 million for the NHS by walking up and down his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday, managing to raise several times more than his initial £500,000 target.
Eddie Farwell, Chief Executive of Children’s Hospice South West, said the pandemic has meant the hospice had to be “very agile” in responding to family’s needs.
“Change is always difficult, and there’s always a range of adaptation to change. But I think the very fact that they’re able to provide what they can to families in these … circumstances, lifts morale and it gives a real sense of purpose.”
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Stuie Delf speaking on the call alongside father Stuart (R) and mother Carla (off camera).
According to reports, Stuie and Fraser’s father Stuart said after the call that Kate “said she was going to plant a sunflower in memory of Fraser” at one of the Each hospices.
The Delf family stayed in an Each hospice in Milton, near Cambridge, for almost two months with Fraser, the Evening Standard reports, before he passed away as a result of Coats plus syndrome – a condition that affects multiple organs as well as the brain.
Fraser and Stuie’s mother, Carla, told Kate that the care that Each provided was “amazing”.
She said that the hospice provided care not only for Fraser, but also to the family as a whole by providing warm meals and somewhere to stay.
Kate Middleton during the video call.
Kate became a patron of Each in 2012. In the call, she added that children’s hospices “go that extra mile”.
This week is Children’s Hospice Week 2020, which runs from 22 – 28 June and is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children’s hospices across the UK.