Duchess champions the ‘vital role’ played by children’s hospices

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the EACH Treehouse in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the EACH Treehouse in Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The Duchess of Cambridge, royal patron of the EACH Treehouse in Ipswich, has written a moving letter in support of children’s hospices.

It has been released as part of Children’s Hospice Week, which ends on May 27.

Organised by national palliative care charity Together for Short Lives, the special week marks the work of centres around Britain which provide palliative care to youngsters with terminal illnesses and life-limiting conditions.

The duchess, who has three children, is royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and in 2012 opened the Treehouse hospice in Ipswich, meeting staff, volunteers and families and also making her first public address.

The letter 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.

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“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.”

The letter is the latest in a series of messages she has released since becoming EACH patron.

Graham Butland, EACH chief executive, said: “This most recent show of support emphasises what an important role we play when time is short, 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.”

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