Royal video launches Children's Hospice Week.

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, has made a special video message to mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week.

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, has made a special video message to celebrate and mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week. This will shine a light on the inspirational staff, volunteers and lifeline services that support seriously ill children and their families across the UK.

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, as Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), has seen first-hand the remarkable work that children’s hospice and palliative care services like EACH provide for children and families - helping families to make the most of every precious moment.

The Duchess is asking everyone to join her this Children’s Hospice Week, to celebrate the extraordinary services that are there for the UK’s 49,000 children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families. This support will mean so much to children and families. It will give them, and the services that support them, a real boost.

The Duchess has sent a very clear message that these children’s hospice and palliative care services make a world of difference to families and this should inspire more parents to get in contact with their local children’s hospice service with confidence.

The Duchess’s video message will be released today, on 22 May, and can be viewed at Together for Short Lives’ and EACH’s websites.

 

Children’s Hospice Week is the only UK-wide awareness and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and the charities that support them. 

Children’s Hospice Week is organised by the UK charity Together for Short Lives.

Children’s Hospice Week 2017 (22-28 May) will shine a light on the remarkable families caring for seriously ill children and celebrate the amazing children’s hospice and palliative care services providing vital support.

This year Children’s Hospice Week will be turning up the volume on children’s palliative care to show what life is like for families caring for children with life-limiting conditions, and to amplify families' voices. It’s also a call for support: these families don’t have time to wait to get the care and support they desperately need.

This Children’s Hospice Week we’re calling on the public to support their local services and help families in their area. Families can visit www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/chw to find their local service and find out how they can get involved.

 

Children’s hospice services are all charities and rely on the generosity of the great British public to deliver their lifeline care and support.

There are 49,000 children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in the UK and the number is rising. That’s one in every 270 children, the equivalent of one in every school.

Children’s hospice services are all charities and rely on the generosity of the great British public to deliver their lifeline care and support.

Children’s palliative care charities provide vital support to families at home, in the community and in the UK’s 54 children’s hospice services. These services offer a lifeline to families; providing short breaks, respite care and practical support to help families be families.

The round the clock care that children with life-limiting conditions need impacts on the entire family. Families often find it difficult to spend quality time together as it can be complicated to do even the simplest activities. That’s why children’s hospice and palliative care services are so vital.

They provide care for thousands of children and families with flexible, practical and free support at home and in the hospice to the entire family, often over many years and at any stage of a child’s illness.

 

The Duchess’s message, during Children’s Hospice Week will be a real boost to Butterwick House Hospice for Babies, Children and Young Adults services and the children and families they are here for.


 

Butterwick House Hospice for Babies, Children and Young Adults is delighted that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, is supporting this year’s Children’s Hospice Week. This tremendous support will mean so much to children and families and all the staff and volunteers at Butterwick House Hospice.

The Duchess’s message, during Children’s Hospice Week, is a fantastic endorsement for the work carried out by Butterwick House Hospice for Babies, Children and Young Adults and all the other palliative care charities supporting seriously ill children and their families

Butterwick House Hospice for Babies, Children and Young Adults is a charity and relies on the generosity of the public to continue to provide our vital services to children and families.

Butterwick House Hospice for Babies, Children and Young Adults will be raising awareness and funds during Children’s Hospice Week by joining in with Butterwick's Children's Hospice Week Carnival!

 

Children’s Hospice Week is organised nationally by Together for Short Lives

Children’s Hospice Week is organised nationally by Together for Short Lives, working alongside local children's palliative care services right across the UK.

Together for Short Lives is a UK wide charity that, together with our members, speaks out for all children and young people who are expected to have short lives. We are here to help children and their families to access specialist children’s palliative care services when and where they need it.

Together for Short Lives supports all the professionals, children’s palliative care services and children’s hospices that deliver lifeline care to children and families across the UK.

Together with everyone who provides care and support to these children and families, we are here to help them have as fulfilling lives as possible and the very best care at the end of life. We can’t change the diagnosis, but we can help children and families make the most of their time together.

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