“I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the truly extraordinary teamwork that goes into providing this incredible care” – Her Royal Highness, The Princess of Wales shares a personal message to mark Children’s Hospice Week.
The Princess of Wales has written of the “truly extraordinary teamwork” that underpins children’s hospices across the UK.
Her Royal Highness is Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and was speaking at the start of Children’s Hospice Week – our national awareness week that begins today and runs until Sunday 25 June.
In a personal message of support, she spoke of the importance of letting “children be children” and the way hospices help families make that a reality.
The Princess wrote: “With 99,000 seriously ill children across the country, children’s hospices work tirelessly to provide life-changing care to families with the aim of making unbelievably difficult situations that little bit easier.
“As Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, I have been privileged to see first-hand the incredible way hospices help families and allow children to be children.
“During Children’s Hospice Week, all hospices will be doing what they do day in day out – delivering vital specialist care, and whether that is by helping to facilitate a day at the beach for children to feel the sand between their toes, engaging young people in therapeutic music activities, or having a fun painting session to create special moments and memories, the teams supporting these families regularly go above and beyond to make a difference to their lives, no longer how long or short they may be.
“On behalf of parents and carers across the country, I would like to say a huge thank you to all those working in Children’s Hospices. You are a shining light to so many families in their darkest times and your efforts do not go unnoticed.
“This Children’s Hospice Week, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the truly extraordinary teamwork that goes into providing this incredible care.”
You can view a copy of the letter on EACH’s website.
Children’s Hospice Week is the only week of the year dedicated to raising awareness of children’s hospice services across the UK. The Princess has lent her support since becoming EACH Royal Patron in January 2012, including very personal written and filmed annual messages of support.
Please show your support for the UK’s 54 children’s hospices and the incredible work they do by joining us in celebrating their work this Children’s Hospice Week – there is loads going on, so check our social media channels and get involved in sharing and supporting our work.