Almost 50,000 children in the UK live with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, one that in some cases may mean that they die young. Children’s Hospice Week (this week: 11-17 May) is the UK’s only awareness and fundraising week for families caring for seriously ill children and celebrating the organisations that support them.
Led by national charity Together for Short Lives, Children’s Hospice Week brings together the UK’s 53 children’s hospices and children’s palliative care services and this year focuses on helping children and families make every precious moment count. Together for Short Lives is calling on the public to support Children’s Hospice Week by sharing a memorable moment on social media, using the hashtag #momentscount and to support their local children’s hospice service.
This year Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge has offered a supportive message for Children’s Hospice Week, as Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH):
“For families of children with life-limiting conditions, every moment is precious and every memory needs to be cherished and celebrated. Children’s hospices strive to create happy moments in the most difficult times any family could face. I hope you will join me in supporting Children’s Hospice Week and work to make every moment count for all of our families.”
Children’s hospice services are all charities that rely on donations to provide their specialist care and support to children and families across the UK. Without public support, families may lose this vital life-line. Together for Short Lives aims to ensure that services, like children’s hospices, are here to support families today and in the future, every step of the way.
For more information on Together for Short Lives and Children’s Hospice Week please visit: www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/chw