A SOUTH Lakeland-based support worker with Child Bereavement UK met the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge when they paid an official visit to the charity's HQ.

Christina Sudlow, from Kendal, met the royal couple on a visit to the organisation's base in Buckinghamshire last week. The Duke, who has been patron of the charity since 2009, spoke to Christina about her work supporting bereaved families in South Lakeland, and showed particular interest in the challenges faced by rural communities.

Child Bereavement UK is working in partnership with Barnardos in South Lakeland to provide bereavement support to children, young people and their families who have been affected by the death of someone important in their lives.

The family bereavement service is provided free of charge, and families can be seen in their own home or at one of the children’s centres. The support can be offered together as a family group or children can be seen individually.