Children's Hospice Week 2016 put families first. The campaign focused on families caring for children with life-shortening conditions, highlighting the services providing vital support to families across the UK.


The campaign focused on getting the right support for the whole family so families can treasure their time together.

The round the clock care that children with life-shortening conditions need impacts on the entire family. Families often find it difficult to spend quality time together as it can be complicated to do even the simplest activities.

Children’s palliative care charities across the UK provide vital care and support, helping families be families. They receive little government funding and rely on public support to continue their vital services for families.

We wanted to show that every family is unique.

We were overwhelmed by the number of families sharing their #ourselfie family photos or #myfamily memories on Facebook and Twitter to show how important family time is.

  • Our Patrons Simon Cowell and Holly Willoughby got involved on social media too, with Holly sharing a picture drawn by her son
  • Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge offered a message of support to seriously ill children
  • Our Ambassador Rebecca Front visited Richard House prior to Children’s Hospice Week, which featured in The Telegraph.

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We worked with MP's to help raise awareness of the challenges facing children and families:

  • We bought MP's together with families and professionals working in children’s palliative care for an All Party Health Group
  • An Early Day Motion was signed by a cross party group in support of Children’s Hospice Week
  • We briefed MP's on a Parliamentary debate on support for children and young people with life-shortening conditions
  • MP's from all parties and celebrities also showed their support on Twitter, tweeting pictures with our helpline posters 

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A huge thank you to everyone who took part in Children’s Hospice Week 2016 and helped to make a real impact!