Sophie Wessex visits the Shooting Star Children's Hospice in London

Sophie Wessex gets creative as she joins a Valentine’s themed arts and crafts session at the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in London

  • Countess Sophie Wessex visited the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in London
  • Mother-of-two, 57, joined a Valentine’s Day themed arts and crafts session  
  • Royal Patron looked elegant in a tailored grey coat with a white blouse 
  • Countess Sophie Wessex seemed in good spirits as she visited the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in West London today.

    The mother-of-two, 57, looked elegant in a tailored grey coat with a white blouse, as she joined a Valentine’s Day themed arts and crafts session with children and their families.  

    She followed covid safety protocols by wearing a disposable face mask, while eagerly talking to others wearing face coverings. 

    Countess Sophie Wessex (pictured) visited the Shooting Star Children's Hospice in West London today

    Countess Sophie Wessex (pictured) visited the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in West London today

    The mother-of-two, 57, appeared in good spirits as she spoke animatedly with children and their families during a Valentine's Day themed arts and crafts session

    The mother-of-two, 57, appeared in good spirits as she spoke animatedly with children and their families during a Valentine’s Day themed arts and crafts session

    Sophie Wessex clipped her blonde locks back for practicality and appeared to be wearing minimal make-up for a natural look.

    Having a strong personal interest in the provisions for people with disabilities and young people, she has been championing Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for many years.

    In 2002, Sophie officially opened their Guildford hospice and has continued to visit regularly, while also showing support for major fundraising events.

    She appeared at ease as she spoke animatedly with volunteers and families today and was happy to show her creative skills.

    Sophie has read to the children and even joined in with decorating biscuits during her previous visits. 

    Sophie (pictured left), who is a royal patron of the hospices, looked elegant in a grey coat with a white blouse

    Sophie (pictured left), who is a royal patron of the hospices, looked elegant in a grey coat with a white blouse 

    The Shooting Star Children’s Hospices updated their name in February 2019, after eight years of being known as Shooting Star Chase following the merger of two separate children’s hospice charities.

    The organisation focuses on supporting over 700 children and their families throughout Surrey and 15 boroughs of London.   

    Sophie previously praised the work of those involved in running Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, saying: ‘Thank you for what you do in looking after these wonderful and beautiful children.

    ‘The care and love that you show to every single child who comes through the door is immeasurable.  

    Sophie (pictured) regularly visits the hospices and has previously praised those involved in supporting the children and their families

    Sophie (pictured) wore her blonde locks clipped back for practicality

    Sophie (pictured) regularly visits the hospices and has previously praised those involved in supporting the children and their families 

    ‘You are their family when they’re here. The parents trust you completely with their children and no price can be put on that. 

    ‘And to all of the people who are helping to fund this amazing organisation, thank you – it’s a very special place and I know that many families couldn’t survive without Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.’ 

    Today’s heartwarming visit comes less than a month after the hardworking royal chose to celebrate her birthday by volunteering at an NHS vaccination centre in Surrey.

    She has been Grand President of St John Ambulance, which provides first-aid training, and disaster and humanitarian relief worldwide, since 2004.

    During her shift, she was photographed working with fellow volunteers to greet patients, take their details, and look after their wellbeing.