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ellenor welcomes Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge’s message of support to mark Children’s Hospice Week 2019

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a message of support to celebrate and mark Children’s Hospice Week. Children’s Hospice Week (17-23 June) is organised by Together for Short Lives, the UK charity for seriously ill children and families.

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, as Royal Patron of EACH, has seen first-hand that children’s hospices provide vital support for seriously ill children, young people and families. In her personal message, The Duchess hopes that others will join her in thanking children’s hospices for the lifeline care they provide during Children’s Hospice Week.

ellenor is one of the charities joining The Duchess to mark Children’s Hospice Week and is delighted that The Duchess has sent a special message of support, shining a light on children’s hospices and showing how they help children, young people and families to make the most of their precious time.

The Duchess, as Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), has generously given her support to Children’s Hospice Week since 2013. The impact over many years has been transformational, helping to raise awareness of the needs of seriously ill children and families and to show why they need specialist support.

Rebecca Scalzo, ellenor’s Head of Children’s Services says: “ellenor is thrilled that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to raise awareness of services offered by ellenor, and other hospices across the country, by marking Children’s Hospice Week 2019. We welcome her support in highlighting the important work we do, helping children, young people and their families to make the most of life. Many people do not understand the challenges faced by families when a child has a life limiting or life threatening illness and we are delighted to have her support”.

In an excerpt from the message, The Duchess says:

“Children’s hospices provide vital sanctuaries for those experiencing the very toughest of times. They help families and carers build life long memories that are poignant, happy and often filled with laughter.

They provide a lifeline to children and families for however long support is needed and I hope that others join me in thanking them as we shine a light on their work during Children’s Hospice Week.”

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge’s message of support for Children’s Hospice Week can be viewed here www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/royalmessage and https://www.each.org.uk/childrens-hospice-week

Welcoming The Duchess of Cambridge’s message of support, Andy Fletcher, CEO for Together for Short Lives, the charity behind Children’s Hospice Week said:

We are thrilled that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a personal message of support for Children’s Hospice Week 2019, shining a light on the vital role hospices play in building life-long memories for children, young people and families. The Duchess’s words, and her support over many years, help to challenge perceptions about children’s hospices and to show they are happy and inspiring services that offer a lifeline to families through the very toughest of times.”

Graham Butland, EACH CEO said: “We know and the families we’ve supported know just how much of a positive difference children’s hospices can make, providing truly memorable moments of fun and inspiration, but there’s still a clear gap in the knowledge of many others. We often hear from families how they expected our hospices to be sad and dark places. That’s simply not the case, as Her Royal Highness knows from her visits to us, and it’s fantastic to have her continued support in raising awareness. Children’s Hospice Week is always a really important time of year for us and all children’s hospices across the UK, and I hope people will once again join The Duchess in championing the role they have to play.

To find out more about our services please call 01474 320007 or check out https://ellenor.org/childrens-hospice-care

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