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Duchess of Cambridge helps launch Children's Hospice Week 2021
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Duchess of Cambridge helps launch Children's Hospice Week 2021

Published date: 21 June 2021

Duchess of Cambridge helps launch Children's Hospice Week 2021

Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice welcomes Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge’s personal message of support to mark Children’s Hospice Week 2021.

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge has shared a personal a message of support to mark Children’s Hospice Week, asking everyone to join her in thanking the UK’s 54 children’s hospices for the life-changing care they provide to seriously ill children and families.

Children’s Hospice Week (21-27 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 East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices has seen first-hand the remarkable care children’s hospices provide and her message shines a light on the extraordinary support that they have continued to provide to children and families throughout the pandemic, when they needed it most.

Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice is one of the charities joining The Duchess in marking Children's Hospice Week. Zoe’s Place is delighted that The Duchess has sent a special message showing how children’s hospices like ours help seriously ill children and families. We join The Duchess in thanking our children’s hospice staff, and those working in children’s hospices across the UK, for their continued and much-needed lifeline support, especially throughout the pandemic.

The Duchess, as Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), has kindly given her support to Children’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 the care and support of children’s hospices.

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge’s message of support for Children’s Hospice Week can be viewed here (link live at 09.00 hours 21 June 2021) www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/royalmessage and https://www.each.org.uk/childrens-hospice-week

In an excerpt from the message, The Duchess says:

I hope you will join me this Children’s Hospice Week in thanking the UK’s 54 children’s hospices and their incredible staff for the life-changing care they provide to children and families facing the unimaginable - helping them to make the most of every precious moment together.

Welcoming The Duchess of Cambridge’s message of support, Andy Fletcher, CEO for Together for Short Lives, the charity behind Children’s Hospice Week said:

“The Duchess of Cambridge, as Royal Patron for EACH, is a fantastic ambassador for seriously ill children and their families and the children’s hospices that they rely on. We join The Duchess in thanking children’s hospices for their much-needed lifeline support, especially throughout the pandemic, when families have felt exhausted and pushed to their limits.”

“More than ever, families need their children’s hospice to provide the care and time they need make the most of every moment, whether that’s for years, months or only days. The Duchess’s support for Children’s Hospice Week over many years has helped to raise awareness of the needs of seriously children and to show the life-changing care children’s hospice and palliative care services provide to families throughout their child’s life, and vitally at the end of their life, in bereavement and beyond.”


Phil Gormley CEO for EACH said:

“I am extremely grateful to The Duchess for her active support and advocacy, which is deeply appreciated and valued by both our families and staff.”

“We are currently doing everything we can to ensure delivery of our frontline service. The care we deliver is critically important to some of the most vulnerable children in society, and is dependent on the continued support from the people of East Anglia.”  

“The pandemic has created some significant challenges, including maintaining our voluntary income, but these aren’t insurmountable and we’re genuinely confident of being able to innovate, expand and develop our service in future.”

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