Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a message of support to celebrate and mark Childrenā€™s Hospice Week.

St Andrew's HospiceĀ welcomes Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridgeā€™s message of support to mark Childrenā€™s Hospice Week 2019.

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a message of support to celebrate and mark Childrenā€™s Hospice Week. Childrenā€™s Hospice Week (17-23 June) is organised by Together for Short Lives, the UK charity for seriously ill children and families.


Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, as Royal Patron of EACH, has seen first-hand that childrenā€™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 childrenā€™s hospices for the lifeline care they provide during Childrenā€™s Hospice Week.

St Andrew's Hospice is one of the charities 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 childrenā€™s hospices and showing how they help children, young people and families to make the most of their precious time.

The Duchess, as Royal Patron of East Angliaā€™s Childrenā€™s Hospices (EACH), has generously given her support to Childrenā€™s Hospice Week since 2013. The impact over many years has been transformational, helping to raise awareness of the needs of seriously ill children and families and to show why they need specialist support.

St Andrew's Hospice will be celebrating The Duchessā€™s support for Childrenā€™s Hospice Week by hosting activities for the children, getting all staff involved in a Wacky Wardrobe Friday and hosting a Butterfly Bake Off, among so many other things.

We are thrilled that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to raise awareness of services at places like Andy's Children's Hospice by marking Childrenā€™s Hospice Week 2019.

In an excerpt from the message, The Duchess says:

ā€œChildrenā€™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.ā€


Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridgeā€™s message of support for Childrenā€™s Hospice Week can be viewed here:Ā www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/royalmessage and www.each.org.uk/childrens-hospice-week

Welcoming The Duchess of Cambridgeā€™s message of support, Andy Fletcher, CEO for Together for Short Lives, the charity behind Childrenā€™s Hospice Week said:

ā€œWe are thrilled that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a personal message of support for Childrenā€™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 Duchessā€™s words, and her support over many years, help to challenge perceptions about childrenā€™s hospices and to show they are happy and inspiring services that offer a lifeline to families through the very toughest of times.ā€

Graham Butland, EACH CEO said: ā€œWe know and the families weā€™ve supported know just how much of a positive difference childrenā€™s hospices can make, providing truly memorable moments of fun and inspiration, but thereā€™s still a clear gap in the knowledge of many others. We often hear from families how they expected our hospices to be sad and dark places. Thatā€™s simply not the case, as Her Royal Highness knows from her visits to us, and itā€™s fantastic to have her continued support in raising awareness. Childrenā€™s Hospice Week is always a really important time of year for us and all childrenā€™s hospices across the UK, and I hope people will once again join The Duchess in championing the role they have to play.ā€

To find out more aboutĀ St Andrew's Hospice, explore our website, or phone 01472 350908.

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