Children’s Hospice Week is the only week in the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children’s hospice and palliative care services across the UK, and the seriously ill children and young people they support. These services are a lifeline for families when they’re facing the toughest of times, and they can’t continue their vital work without your support.
Moments that Matter
The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Moments that matter’. We’ll be teaming up with families and professionals to shine a light on services that help families create special memories and important moments in their lives together.
We’ll be hearing from families about their defining moments: from their first family swim in a hospice hydrotherapy pool, to the more poignant times where hospices support families with kindness and care. By showcasing the moments that matter we hope to challenge the misconception that hospices are dark and gloomy places, instead showing them as vital support systems that help families make the most of their time together.
What are children’s hospice services, and why are they important?
There are 49,000 children in the UK living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and that number is growing. Many of these children have complex health conditions and need round the clock care. The 54 children’s hospice services across the UK play a vital role in helping these families stay afloat, giving them a break from caring responsibilities, providing specialist clinical care and providing a range of practical and emotional support for all the family.
How can you get involved?
Donate during Children’s Hospice Week to support children’s hospice services across the UK.
- Hold a Sweepstake: Use our Flutter Buy Sweepstake sheet to bring out your colleagues’ competitive nature, and raise money for seriously ill children across the UK. Please view the Terms and Conditions here.
- Hold a fundraiser: From “give it up” challenges to donut dashes, use our handy fundraising recipe card to get some ideas for this Children’s Hospice Week. Once you’ve decided what to do, spread the word about your event using our empty belly poster.
- A social media campaign will run throughout the week encouraging people to raise awareness of children’s hospices. Get involved using #childrenshospiceweek.
- Put up our awareness posters to raise awareness of the week.