A charity has received a boost after its Royal patron paid a return visit to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

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The Duchess of Cambridge visited the children’s hospice in Ipswich as part of Children’s Hospice Week, which runs from June 13 to 20.

During the visit, the Duchess met with children being cared for at the hospice and also spoke to volunteers.

Children’s Hospice Week is the UK’s only awareness raising and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and the services that support them.

The Duchess said being patron of EACH had allowed her to see the importance of the work of hospices. In 2012, she officially opened the Treehouse hospice in Ipswich.

She said: “Around the clock support is crucial for children receiving palliative care. They and their families often need help every hour of every day, both in hospices and at home.”

“As patron of EACH, I have seen first-hand this remarkable and varied work and just how vital the support of staff and volunteers can be to the families of children with life limiting conditions. It has been wonderful to see the fantastic public support for Children’s Hospice Week over the last few days. Please continue supporting your local children’s hospice in whatever way you can.”

Graham Butland, chief executive of EACH, said: “As our Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness has really helped put children’s hospice services in the UK at the forefront of people’s minds and allowed us to demonstrate the full and flexible range of services families can benefit from 24/7.

“The very active role the Duchess plays, both publicly and in private, is considerable and much appreciated by our staff, volunteers and of course the children, young people and families using our services.”

EACH delivers a range of care and support services including short break care, specialist play activities, music therapy, hydrotherapy, parent and sibling groups, care at end of life and bereavement support for all family members.

The Duchess is the first Royal Patron of EACH, which opened its first hospice in Milton in 1989, which was followed by the Quidenham hospice in 1991 and a centre in Ipswich in 1999.

Are you raising money for EACH? Email adam.gretton@archant.co.uk

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