06/20/2014 12:55 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kate Middleton Surprises Kids At Hospice, Confirms She's A Class Act

When the cameras aren’t around, Kate Middleton pretty much does the same thing as when the press is hawking her: Helps to make the world a better place.

Earlier this month, the duchess of Cambridge made a surprise visit to the Treehouse, a hospice in Suffolk, England, that offers 24/7 care for kids with life-threatening diseases, reported.

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Middleton coincided her visit with Children’s Hospice Week, which was observed June 13 to June 20. The goal of the awareness event is to educate the public on the amount of resources that are required to properly care for a child with a terminal illness and to collect funds for the organizations that support children and families in need of such care.

Since 2012, Middleton has served as royal patron for East Angelica Children’s Hospices (EACH), which runs the Treehouse along with two other hospice centers.

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The duchess used the visit as an opportunity to learn more about the services hospices offer and the critical roles volunteers and support staff play.

"Around the clock support is crucial for children receiving palliative care. They and their families often need help every hour of every day, both in hospices and at home," Middleton said in a statement. "As patron of EACH, I have seen firsthand this remarkable and varied work and just how vital the support of staff and volunteers can be to the families of children with life-limiting conditions. It has been wonderful to see the fantastic public support for Children's Hospice Week over the last few days. Please continue supporting your local children's hospice in whatever way you can."

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