The Duchess of Cambridge has released a message in support of Children’s Hospice Week through her patronage of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
Each year, the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices hosts a week-long national campaign to raise awareness of hospice and palliative care.
Kate’s message reads:
“This Children’s Hospice Week, as patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, I am celebrating the remarkable and life-changing support provided by children’s hospices and palliative care charities across the UK.
“They offer a lifeline to children and families facing the unimaginable.
“The theme of Children’s Hospice Week this year is ‘Life’s Short’, and I am touched that children and young people are sharing what they love most in life and reminding us of how precious time is for everyone.
“By supporting Children’s Hospice Week we can help them spread joy and positivity across the UK, encouraging everyone to make the most of moments that matter.”
“Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life, and for me, as a mother, it is the simple family moments like playing outside together that I cherish.
“I hope you will join me in supporting Children’s Hospice Week this year. Together we can champion the vital role that children’s hospices play in helping seriously ill children and families to have more precious moments.”
This year, Children’s Hospices Week runs from 21 May to 28 May.
Kate has been a long-time supporter of EACH, and it was one of her first patronages.
“This most recent show of support emphasises what an important role we play when time is short,” said Graham Butland, EACH’s chief executive in a statement, “helping families make the most of their precious time together and create memories that last forever.
“Children’s Hospice Week is a really important time of year for us, and we hope people will join the Duchess in championing the role of children’s hospices in the UK.”