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Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge - Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) - has hailed the “incredible” work of children’s hospices in a personal message of support during this year’s national awareness week.

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to The Nook in Framingham Earl, Norfolk, which is one of the three East Anglia Children's Hospices (Each). Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to The Nook in Framingham Earl, Norfolk, which is one of the three East Anglia Children's Hospices (Each). Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

She was writing at the start of Children’s Hospice Week, which has been led nationally by Together for Short Lives, the umbrella charity for children’s palliative care. It began yesterday (Monday, June 20) and runs until this Sunday (June 26).

The theme for this year’s awareness campaign is ‘For the Children’ and the Duchess has asked the public to join her in thanking the 54 children’s hospices across the UK.

She wrote: “For any parent, coming to terms with the news your child has a life-threatening condition and may die young is heart-breaking and incredibly frightening. Families can often feel isolated, but having the support of a children’s hospice means they don’t have to face that future alone.

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

“This year, the theme for Children’s Hospice Week is ‘For the Children’, reminding us all that as well as providing expert care, children’s hospices bring joy, fun and play to brighten each day and help families make the most of their lives together, no matter how short.

“This Children’s Hospice Week, I hope you’ll 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 toughest of times.”

Among many other visits and events, the Duchess previously visited Milton and opened EACH’s shop in Holt, Norfolk, in March 2016. Children’s Hospice Week is the only week of the year dedicated to raising awareness of children’s hospice services across the UK.

For more information on Each, go to each.org.uk.

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