HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has recorded a video message to celebrate and mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week. Children’s Hospice Week (22-28 May) is organised by the UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.
Chestnut Tree House is one of the charities joining The Duchess to mark Children’s Hospice Week 2017. The Duchess’s message and support will help us reach out to families caring for seriously ill children, so they know that help is at hand.
Chestnut Tree House in Sussex supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families, it is one of the UK’s specialist children’s palliative care and hospice services. The Duchess’s support will mean so much to children and families supported by Chestnut Tree House – it will give them, and all the dedicated staff and volunteers at Chestnut Tree House a real boost.
Hugh Lowson, CEO of Chestnut Tree House said: “We are all thrilled that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to raise awareness of services like Chestnut Tree House by marking Children’s Hospice Week. It is so important for us to spread the word about the specialist care services we offer local children and their families. Since Chestnut Tree House opened in 2003, the number of children we care for has increased from 30 to over 300 and we know there are more people who need our help. We are incredibly grateful for all the support we receive from our local community, as without this we simply wouldn’t be able to continue reaching out to families and providing this vital care.”
The Duchess, as Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), talks about her personal experience of the incredible difference that children’s hospices and palliative care services can make for children and families, and asks everyone to join her this Children’s Hospice Week by shining a light on these lifeline services.
In an excerpt from the video, The Duchess says:
“Across the UK more than 49,000 children and young people have life-limiting conditions. For these families, having expert care and support is vital, and this is what children’s hospices provide. They deliver first class care in a safe environment that feels as close to home as possible, full of colour, warmth, love and support.”
“Today as we mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week – I hope you will join me in shining a light on the dedicated and inspirational staff and volunteers, and the lifeline services they provide for children and their families.”
“The work they do is extraordinary, and it really does make a world of difference.”
See her video message here
Welcoming The Duchess of Cambridge’s message of support, Barbara Gelb OBE, CEO for Together for Short Lives, the charity behind Children’s Hospice Week said:
“We are so thrilled that Her Royal Highness is supporting Children’s Hospice Week. The Duchess’s words, and her amazing support for Children’s Hospice Week since 2013, have been transformational, helping to raise awareness of the needs of seriously ill children and families and to show that help is at hand.
“Families coming to terms with the heart-breaking news that their child will die young often say that it is the most isolating time and they simply don’t know where to turn for help. That’s why the Duchess’s words are so poignant – it’s a clear message that help is available from the remarkable children’s hospice and palliative care services right across the UK. This support can make a world of difference for families.”
Children’s Hospice Week (22-28 May) is the UK’s only awareness and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and their families, and the hospice and palliative care services that support them. Children’s hospice services are all charities and rely on the generosity of the public to deliver their lifeline care and support. This year Children’s Hospice Week will be turning up the volume on children’s palliative care to show what life is like for families caring for children with life-limiting conditions, and to amplify families’ voices. It’s also a call for support: these families don’t have time to wait to get the care and support they desperately need.
To find out more about Chestnut Tree House visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk.