‘The work they do is extraordinary’ - Duchess of Cambridge asks people to celebrate work of children’s hospices in video shot in Norfolk
- Credit: EACH
The Duchess of Cambridge has asked people to celebrate the extraordinary work of children's hospices in a video shot at a care centre in Norfolk.
The Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) recorded the video to mark the beginning of Children's Hospice Week organised by children's palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.
Kate shot the video on a visit to meet children and families at EACH at Quidenham in January.
In the message Kate asks everyone to join her this Children's Hospice Week and to shine a light on the extraordinary children's palliative care and hospice services that are there for thousands of children and young people with life-limiting conditions.
She said: 'For any parent, being told that your child may have a life-limiting condition, or may die young, will be one of the most difficult and isolating experiences you can face.
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'Having someone to help you come to terms with this news, and the professional support and care that comes with this, can make an enormous difference. It can help families make the most of every precious moment they have together.
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'As Patron of EACH I have seen the incredible difference that children's hospice and palliative care services can make for children, young people and their families.
'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.'
The soundtrack to the video is Lego House by EACH ambassador Ed Sheeran.
EACH currently supports 368 children and young people living with a life-threatening condition in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex.