It’s been an incredible Children’s Hospice Week 2015, raising awareness and funds for children with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and their families.

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, offered a supportive message for Children’s Hospice Week, as Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). 

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge

“For families of children with life-limiting conditions, every moment is precious and every memory needs to be cherished and celebrated. Children’s hospices strive to create happy moments in the most difficult times any family could face. I hope you will join me in supporting Children’s Hospice Week and work to make every moment count for all of our families.”
 

Read the Royal letter and message of support. The message was covered widely by the media including The Mirror, The Sun, Daily Mail, local newspapers across the UK and online news in the US and Australia.

Together for Short Lives also issued a letter published in the Guardian calling for fair and sustainable short break funding, co-signed by 28 children’s hospice services in England. It led to coverage on BBC Radio Five Live and BBC local radio, including interviews with parents carers and hospice staff.   

Children's Hospice Week image 148x115This year Children’s Hospice Week focused on making every moment count to highlight how precious time is for families caring for a child who may not live to reach adulthood and how children’s hospices help families make the most of their time together. We invited people to share a photo of their memorable moment on social media using #momentscount and were overwhelmed by the response from families, celebrities and the general public.

Celebrities helping make moments count for Children’s Hospice Week included: Simon Cowell, Holly Willoughby, Louis Walsh, Alex Corbisiero, Ben Haenow, Rebecca Front, Kate Silverton, Laurence Fox, Dave Berry, Ben Hanlin, Michael Sheen, Joan Collins, Michael Ball, Bobby Davro and Shane Ritchie.  

Patron, Simon Cowell said: “Some of my most memorable moments have been my visits to children’s hospices as Patron of Together for Short Lives. They are such happy, positive places helping families caring for a child that may not reach adulthood make the most of their time together. Please support Children’s Hospice Week this year, because moments count.”

As well as sharing moments, people across the UK have been getting involved by supporting the Children’s Hospice Week Twibbon, hosting momentous moments quizzes, dressing up as a memorable character and seizing the moment by taking part in various events.

A big thank you to everyone who has helped make moments count for seriously ill children and their families this Children’s Hospice Week!

 

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