HRH The Duchess of Cambridge shares a personal video message to celebrare Children’s Hospice Week

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge shares a personal video message to celebrare Children’s Hospice Week

2017 QB 11

22nd May 2017

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge shares a personal video message to mark the beginning of Together for Short Lives’ Children’s Hospice Week campaign

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of EACH, has recorded a video message to celebrate and mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week. Children’s Hospice Week (22-28 May) is organised by the UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.

The Duchess’s video message will be released on 22nd May and was recorded on a visit to meet children and families at EACH at Quidenham, in January. The video can be viewed on the EACH website at
In the message The Duchess asks everyone to join her this Children’s Hospice Week, to celebrate and shine a light on the extraordinary children’s palliative care and hospice services that are there for the UK’s 49,000 children and young people with life-limiting conditions. There is a real need to raise awareness of children’s hospices and palliative care services, so more families know where to turn for help. The Duchess’s support will mean so much to children and families - it will give them, and the services that support them, a real boost.

In the video message The Duchess says:

“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.   

“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 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 video soundtrack 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. Many of these children have complex health conditions and need round the clock care.

Graham Butland, EACH Chief Executive said: “We are extremely honoured Her Royal Highness has taken the time to record a message of support, not only for EACH but for all children’s hospices across the UK.”

"The video message recognises the hard work and expertise of our staff and volunteers, as well as the range of excellent services that we provide.

“Children’s Hospice Week is a key date in our calendar and we hope that people will join us by getting involved by raising money and awareness of children’s palliative care services.”

As well as highlighting the difference EACH makes through the care and support it provides, this year the charity is asking the public to ‘Make EACH Day Count’ for the 450 families it currently supports. Companies, schools, individuals and groups are invited to join in during Children’s Hospice Week with a variety of fundraising themes, one for each day of the week.

To view the video message and to help Make EACH Day Count, visit


Video access
The video message will be live from 00.01 hours on 22 May 2017 at

Media can also access a Broadcast quality VT, VT with sub titles and audio file from 00.01 hours on 22 May 2017 via this link:


Notes to Editors

Children’s Hospice Week is co-ordinated nationally by Together for Short Lives (, working alongside local children's palliative care services in the UK.

Help us turn up the volume, shout your support during Children’s Hospice Week on social media using #ChildrensHospiceWeek and #ChildrensHospice Week

Family stories from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are available at Photos can be provided on request. 

About EACH:

  • We support families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies; at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), Quidenham (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and each year need to raise more than £5 million from fundraising and £2.5 million from our shops. We also need to raise £10 million to develop our hospice services in Norfolk, including a new hospice.
  • EACH Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit
  • Keep in touch:


For further information about this release please contact:

Michael Jarvis | EACH Press & Media Officer | (01842) 764556 | 07714 737190 |

Hannah Bloom | EACH Marketing and Communications Manager | 07738 328058 |

Simon Hempsall | EACH Head of Marketing and Communications | 07738 820655 |


For enquires relating to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, please contact:

Amy Pickerill | Senior Communications Officer, Kensington Palace | 0207 368 0801

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  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

The Nook

Pigot Lane, Framingham Earl
Norfolk, NR14 7PX