HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of EACH, has recorded a video message to celebrate and mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week (22-28 May), organised by the UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge shares a personal video message for Children's Hospice Week
The Duchess’s video message is released today (22nd May). It was recorded on a visit to meet children and families at EACH at Quidenham, in January. The video can be viewed on the EACH website here.
In the message The Duchess asks everyone to join her this Children’s Hospice Week, to celebrate and shine a light on the extraordinary children’s palliative care and hospice services that are there for the UK’s 49,000 children and young people with life-limiting conditions. There is a real need to raise awareness of children’s hospices and palliative care services, so more families know where to turn for help. The Duchess’s support will mean so much to children and families - it will give them, and the services that support them, a real boost.
In the video message The Duchess says:
“For any parent, being told that your child may have a life-limiting condition, or may die young, will be one of the most difficult and isolating experiences you can face.
“Having someone to help you come to terms with this news, and the professional support and care that comes with this, can make an enormous difference. It can help families make the most of every precious moment they have together.
“As Patron of EACH I have seen the incredible difference that children’s hospice and palliative care services can make for children, young people and their families.
“Across the UK more than 49,000 children and young people have life-limiting conditions. For these families, having expert care and support is vital, and this is what children's hospices provide. They deliver first class care in a safe environment that feels as close to home as possible, full of colour, warmth, love and support.”
“Today as we mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week, I hope you will join me in shining a light on the dedicated and inspirational staff and volunteers, and the lifeline services they provide for children and their families.”
“The work they do is extraordinary, and it really does make a world of difference.”
The video soundtrack is Lego House, by EACH Ambassador Ed Sheeran.
EACH currently supports 368 children and young people living with a life-threatening condition in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex. Many of these children have complex health conditions and need round the clock care.
Graham Butland, EACH Chief Executive said: “We are extremely honoured Her Royal Highness has taken the time to record a message of support, not only for EACH but for all children’s hospices across the UK.”
"The video message recognises the hard work and expertise of our staff and volunteers, as well as the range of excellent services that we provide.
“Children’s Hospice Week is a key date in our calendar and we hope that people will join us by getting involved by raising money and awareness of children’s palliative care services.”
As well as highlighting the difference EACH makes through the care and support it provides, this year the charity is asking the public to ‘Make EACH Day Count’ for the 450 families it currently supports. Companies, schools, individuals and groups are invited to join in during Children’s Hospice Week with a variety of fundraising themes, one for each day of the week.
To view the video message and to help Make EACH Day Count, visit www.each.org.uk/childrens-hospice-week.
Children’s Hospice Week is co-ordinated nationally by Together for Short Lives (www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk), working alongside local children's palliative care services in the UK.
Help us turn up the volume, shout your support during Children’s Hospice Week on social media using #ChildrensHospiceWeek and #ChildrensHospice Week
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) aims to maximise the quality of life for children and young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and to support their families.