Today marks the start of Children’s Hospice Week for the East Anglia Children’s Hospice, (EACH). To raise awareness, the Duchess of Cambridge has written a moving and poignant letter emphasizing the importance of quality family time and caring for those children in need.
The Duchess actively supports and serves as Royal Patron for this charity since January 2012 through highlighting the need for providing support for families, children and young people facing life-threatening illnesses.
The letter reads in full:
“Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life, but for those caring for children with life limiting conditions, even this simple act can prove to be incredibly challenging. The practical realities of providing round-the-clock care mean even activities that so many of us take for granted can be just too complicated.
The amazing, and life changing support provided by children’s hospices and palliative care charities across the UK offers a lifeline to families under incredible pressure. This support gives these families the space they need to simply spend time together, which is so important in the most difficult times imaginable.
I hope you will join me in supporting children’s hospice week this year; we need to help these families treasure their precious time together.
The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice provides numerous support services to both families and children and young people suffering with life-threatening conditions in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
It mainly relies on the generous donations from supporters.
The hospice delivers support and care where ever the families wish – at home, in hospital, in the community or in hospice.
It assists with care at end of life, symptom management, support and advice; day and overnight breaks with accommodations for families; emotional and occupational support.