The message, which was recorded during a visit in January to one of the charity’s centers in Quidenham, Norfolk, particularly addressed families of children with terminal illnesses and it marked the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week.
“For any parents, 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,” the Duchess says in the PSA. “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.”
“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 U.K., 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,” she adds. “They deliver first class care in a safe environment that feels as close to home as possible, full of color, 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,” she concluded. “The work they do is extraordinary, and it really does make a world of difference.”
The hospice shared the video on Facebook and wrote: “We are delighted to share a personal video message recorded by our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate and mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week.”
The mother-of-two has been the royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) since 2012.