Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has joined online charity efforts to promote support for seriously ill children during Children’s Hospice Week (June 17- 23).
The Duchess has delivered an online message of support, which has been made available via the website of campaign organisers Together for Short Lives
The message has also been published online via the website of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
(EACH), which the Duchess is a royal patron of.
The theme of this year’s Children’s Hospice Week is ‘moments that matter’ which focuses on how hospices help families create special memories and important moments in their life.
“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,” says the Duchess’ message.
It adds: ”Throughout the week we will hear amazing stories from families facing the toughest of futures. I hope that they will inspire each and every one of us to similarly make the most of the time we have with our own families, by ensuring every moment matters and that we create memories that last forever.”
Vital role of hospices
Commenting on the Duchess of Cambridge’s involvement, Andy Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer for Together for Short Lives, said: “We are thrilled that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a personal message of support for Children’s Hospice Week 2019, shining a light on the vital role hospices play in building life-long memories for children, young people and families.
“The Duchess’s words, and her support over many years, help to challenge perceptions about children’s hospices and to show they are happy and inspiring services that offer a lifeline to families through the very toughest of times.”
This year’s campaign
urges the public to use the hashtag #Children’sHospiceWeek
when sharing stories about the work of hospices or donate.
There are around 49,000 children in the UK who have a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and in the UK there are 54 children’s hospice services, providing a range of support including respite care.