When I was a kid, I
worked at a bakery called Blissful Bites.
It was independently run, extremely quaint, and owned by a
lady called Naomi Sutton. She made all of the goods herself. Cakes, pies,
pastries - she could whip up just about anything if you gave her the right
ingredients. Her specialty, however, was doughnuts.
My job was running deliveries on my bike. Naomi had two
other teenagers, James and Abby, running the storefront on a rota. We were
banned from the kitchen due to supposed “safety hazards”, but we were all sure
it was actually because Naomi thought we were thieving teens with the capacity
to steal merchandise.
I’d been there a little over three weeks when Naomi’s
At the time, it didn’t seem like a huge deal. There hadn’t
been a struggle, or signs of foul play, or really anything in particular;
according to her, he just hadn’t come home from work the prior evening. She
didn’t even seem all that fussed about it.
“No point getting the police involved,” she told me, when I
clocked in that morning. Despite how sensitive she got over people trespassing
in the kitchen, she was a good boss, and always up for a chat if you caught her
outside her domain. “Not yet, at least. He’s done this before, the bloody
prick. He’ll probably show up back home tonight asking me why his dinner’s not
on the table.”
But he didn’t.
Naomi was snappier and more private than usual the following
day, and looked as though she hadn’t slept. Her response to James - usually her
favourite - asking if she was holding up okay was a sharp, “Mind your own
So, given the tense atmosphere in the shop, I was more than
a little grateful when Naomi emerged from the kitchen with a box for me to
deliver. I hopped on my bike and rode over to the address she’d given me.
The woman who answered the door of said address - Juliet
Wells, according to the card- was young and pretty, albeit rather overweight.
She seemed bemused by the delivery.
On her second wedding anniversary, the Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to Naomi House Children’s Hospices near Winchester, England. Naomi House provides support to children with life-limiting conditions and their families living in Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire. It was opened in 1997 by Prince Charles, and supports families with children with life-limiting conditions. It provides music therapy, computer, art and play rooms as well as multi-sensory and hydrotherapy suites. When visiting the hydrotherapy pool, the Duchess asked: 'Is it nice and warm in there?’ To which one of the children shouted: ‘Do you want to come in?' Kate laughed and replied: 'I’d love to come in.’ During a tea party with children and their families, Kate was treated to a musical performance by Ollie Wade, who presented his own song Free, written in memory of his brother, Ben, who died in 2011. Shortly after, in a speech, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives Barbara Gelb said: 'This year has been the best ever for Children’s Hospice Week and that’s all down to you Your Royal Highness.’ Earlier in the week, the Duchess had released her first-ever televised message in support of Children’s Hospice Week. Professor Khalid Aziz, chairman of trustees, said of the visit: ‘The Duchess is a consummate professional. She had time for everyone, she spoke to everyone very graciously, she really empathised with the children. We’ve got one youngster here who’s terribly poorly, had been asleep all day, but as soon as she went into his room he woke up and his father said he started chatting! With some difficulty, but he obviously knew who she was and she lightened his life, and that’s been the story with the whole visit.’