Princess Takamado of Japan visits LauraLynn
LauraLynn Children’s Hospice received a royal visit today from Her Imperial Highness, Princess Takamado of Japan. The visit was part of her trip to Ireland to commemorate 60 years of Irish-Japanese relations.
On arrival Her Imperial Highness was given a tour of the hospice and she got a chance to speak to members of the LauraLynn care team about the service that they provide. She greeted a number of children and their families who were in LauraLynn on the day and took time to chat to them all personally.
To mark this momentous occasion, Princess Takamado was asked to help create a special piece of memory art, which featured her fingerprints along with those of the children and staff at LauraLynn. The fingerprints were designed to signify the flowers on the Cherry Blossom – a national symbol of Japan and also symbolic of the transience of life.
Princess Takamado, a published children’s author, brought a copy of each of her books for the LauraLynn library as well as origami art materials for the children.
Her Imperial Highness is Patron & President of many sports, arts, environmental and education organisations and a keen supporter of The Special Olympics. Speaking during her visit she said that she was touched by the warmth and dedication of LauraLynn team and the strength and positivity of the families.
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