The Duchess of Cambridge supports Children’s Hospice Week

The Duchess attends a music class in aid of Children's Hospice Week

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a message of support to celebrate and mark Children’s Hospice Week (17-23 June). The week is organised by Together for Short Lives, the UK charity for seriously ill children and families. This year’s theme is ‘Moments that Matter’, it aims to make the most of the very precious time that those using hospice services have.

Chestnut Tree House 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 children’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 Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), has generously given her support to Children’s Hospice Week since 2013. The impact over many years has been actively helping to raise awareness of the needs of seriously ill children and families, showing why they need specialist support.

Rosemarie Finley, CEO of Chestnut Tree House, said, “We are thrilled that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to raise awareness of services like Chestnut Tree House by marking Children’s Hospice Week 2019.

“A lot of people misunderstand what a children’s hospice is, and expect it to be a sad place only associated with illness and dying. Of course, providing specialist palliative care is our priority, which does include end-of-life care and supporting families in their final moments together. But, there are also a lot of happy moments at Chestnut Tree House, where children and young people can enjoy the facilities and take part in a range of activities, from relaxing in our multi sensory room to splashing around in the hydrotherapy room.

“For us, our role is very much about children living for the now, and helping families create a lifetime of memories, however long they have together. We are only able to do this with the ongoing generosity and support of our local community. We hope that Children’s Hospice Week and this message of support from HRH The Duchess of Cambridge will help more people to see what wonderful, and vital places children’s hospices are.”

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.”

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge’s message of support for Children’s Hospice Week can be viewed here www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/royalmessage

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