17 June 2019

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge message

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

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 

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 East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (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.

Rennie Grove Hospice Care 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.

As patron of EACH, the Duchess 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.

Samantha Howard, Director Nursing and Patient Services at Rennie Grove said “I am so glad that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to raise awareness of services like Rennie Grove’s children’s hospice at home service by marking Children’s Hospice Week 2019. Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides a specialist 24/7 Children’s Hospice at Home Service for babies, children and young people up to the age of 19 living with a life-limiting condition. Our team of children’s nurses provides flexible and responsive care tailored to each family’s needs to help ensure that the children are able to fulfil their potential and enjoy the best quality of life possible, however short that life may be.”

In an excerpt from the message, The Duchess says: “Children’s hospices provide vital services 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 Rennie Grove’s children’s services please visit www.renniegrove.org/children.