Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, delivers message of support to children's hospices
17 JUNE 2019
Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a message of support to celebrate and mark Children’s Hospice Week.
To mark the start of Children's Hospice Week, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, as Royal Patron of EACH, has delivered a personal message of support.
She has seen first-hand that children’s hospices provide vital support for seriously ill children, young people and families. In her personal message, The Duchess hopes that others will join her in thanking children’s hospices for the lifeline care they provide during Children’s Hospice Week.
Noah's Ark, as part of Children’s Hospices across London (CHaL), is joining The Duchess to mark Children's Hospice Week and is delighted that The Duchess has sent a special message of support, shining a light on children’s hospices and showing how they help children, young people and families to make the most of their precious time.
In an excerpt from the message, The Duchess says:
“Children’s hospices provide vital sanctuaries for those experiencing the very toughest of times. They help families and carers build life long memories that are poignant, happy and often filled with laughter.
They provide a lifeline to children and families for however long support is needed and I hope that others join me in thanking them as we shine a light on their work during Children's Hospice Week.”
The message comes as a survey, conducted for Children’s Hospice Week (17-23 June), found that 20% of the British public do not know what children’s hospices are. Children’s Hospice Week’s ambition is to raise awareness of what children’s hospices mean to seriously ill children and families, to celebrate the lifeline care they provide and show how they support families to make precious memories. It’s hoped that by changing perceptions around children’s hospices that more families caring for seriously ill children seek help from their local hospice.
The six children’s hospices that form Children’s Hospices across London, support over 2,000 children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families across London and much of the home counties.
Mike Palfreman, CHaL spokesperson, said, “We are thrilled that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to raise awareness of children’s hospice care by marking Children’s Hospice Week 2019. Children’s Hospice Week is a chance for us to raise awareness of the amazing work of children’s hospices across London. Our hospices exist to help children and their families live life as fully as possible. We look beyond a child’s medical needs and create environments where they can be children, not just patients. During Children’s Hospice Week, we encourage people to find out more about their local children’s hospice and how they can support us.”
Children’s Hospice Week (17-23 June) is run annually and is the UK's only awareness and fundraising week benefiting children’s hospices and the families they support. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the support we provide and to dispel myths and misconceptions about children’s hospice care.
As part of Children's Hospice Week, Noah's Ark has launched our new summer appeal, encouraging supporters to bring The Ark to life for children like Hani.
To get involved, contact your local children’s hospice to find out more. You can find all of the children’s hospices in London at www.chal.org.uk