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Duchess of Cambridge thanks hospices for their ‘incredible work’

Duchess of Cambridge thanks hospices for ‘incredible work’ by bringing ‘joy, fun and play’ to critically ill children

  • Duchess of Cambridge praised children’s hospices for ‘joy, fun and play’
  • Kate paid tribute in a moving message on the occasion of Children’s Hospice Week
  • She thanked their ‘incredible work’ in guiding people through ‘toughest times’

The Duchess of Cambridge praised children’s hospices for bringing “joy, fun and play” to seriously ill children.

Kate said in a message on the occasion of Children’s Hospice Week that the 54 children’s hospices in the UK not only provide essential expert care, help families ‘make the most of life together, however short it may be’.

The Duchess, who has been the royal patroness of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) for 10 years, thanked the hospices for their “incredible work” and for guiding people through the “toughest times”.

Children’s Hospice Week, June 20-26, is hosted by Together for Short Lives, the UK’s charity for critically ill children and families, and is the only week dedicated to raising funds and awareness for services across the country .

Duchess of Cambridge praised children's hospices for bringing 'joy, fun and play' to seriously ill children

Duchess of Cambridge praised children’s hospices for bringing ‘joy, fun and play’ to seriously ill children

The Duchess of Cambridge meets with patients and their families during a visit to East Anglia's Children's Hospices' new hospice The Nook in Framingham Earl, Norfolk

The Duchess of Cambridge meets with patients and their families during a visit to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ new hospice The Nook in Framingham Earl, Norfolk

Kate said: ‘It is heartbreaking and incredibly frightening for any parent to accept the news that your child has a life-threatening condition and may die young.

‘Families often feel isolated, but with the support of a children’s hospice, they don’t have to face that future alone.

“Every day the 54 children’s hospices in the UK are a vital lifeline for families caring for a seriously ill child, and for the past 10 years I have been privileged to see first hand the incredible work they do.”

She added: ‘This year’s theme for Children’s Hospice Week is ‘For the Children’, reminding us all that children’s hospices not only provide expert care, but also bring joy, fun and play to each day. brighten up and help families make the most of it. their life together, however short.

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to Sonny Saunders (seated left), his father Jordan and sister Star (right) during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk, one of three East Anglia Children's Hospices

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to Sonny Saunders (seated left), his father Jordan and sister Star (right) during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk, one of three East Anglia Children’s Hospices

“This Children’s Hospice Week, I hope you will join me in celebrating the extraordinary work they do and thank them for the life-changing care and support they provide to children and families going through the most difficult times.”

Andy Fletcher, chief executive of Together for Short Lives, said: “As the Duchess says, it’s heartbreaking to hear the news that your child will die young, and families often tell us they feel isolated and alone, and it’s just not knowing. where to go for support.

‘That’s why children’s hospices are so important. All they do is ‘For The Children’, helping families make the most of every moment, whether that be for years, months or just a few days.”

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