Children’s Hospice Week

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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 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.

Rebecca House is one of the charities joining The Duchess to mark Children’s Hospice Week 2017. The Duchess’s message and support will help us reach out to families caring for seriously ill children, so they know that help is at hand.

Rebecca House in Strang supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families, it is one of the UK’s specialist children’s palliative care and hospice services. The Duchess’s support will mean so much to children and families supported by Rebecca House – it will give them, and all the dedicated staff and volunteers a real boost.

The Duchess’s video message will be released on 22 May 2017, and can be viewed at Together for Short Lives’ websites

Rebecca House will be celebrating The Duchess’s support for Children’s Hospice Week by raising awareness around the island about the services they offer.


Anne Mills Chief Executive is delighted to be supporting Children’s Hospice Week and wants everyone to #UpTheVolume for Children’s Hospice Week. She said ‘’It is a special privilege to be able to continue to support vulnerable children and their families and Children’s Hospice Week marks this privileged position. Staff at Rebecca house are indeed a real lifeline and work together with children and their families to ensure they have access to the very best specialist care. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of Rebecca House and the people of the Isle of Man have yet again shown their very generous spirit by supporting those most in need. It is very humbling to see just how compassionate people can be in their efforts to support the children and families that are cared for by Rebecca House. Please continue to get involved and definitely #UpTheVolume for Children’s Hospice Week especially on Thursday when the team will be in Douglas town centre on the national celebration day.’’


The Duchess, as Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), talks about her personal experience of the incredible difference that children’s hospices and palliative care services can make for children and families, and asks everyone to join her this Children’s Hospice Week by shining a light on these lifeline services.

In an excerpt from the video, The Duchess says:

“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.”

Welcoming The Duchess of Cambridge’s message of support, Barbara Gelb OBE, CEO for Together for Short Lives, the charity behind Children’s Hospice Week said:

“We are so thrilled that Her Royal Highness is supporting Children’s Hospice Week. The Duchess’s words, and her amazing support for Children’s Hospice Week since 2013, have been transformational, helping to raise awareness of the needs of seriously ill children and families and to show that help is at hand.

“Families coming to terms with the heart-breaking news that their child will die young often say that it is the most isolating time and they simply don’t know where to turn for help. That’s why the Duchess’s words are so poignant – it’s a clear message that help is available from the remarkable children’s hospice and palliative care services right across the UK. This support can make a world of difference for families.”

Children’s Hospice Week (22-28 May) is the UK’s only awareness and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and their families, and the hospice and palliative care services that support them. Children’s hospice services are all charities and rely on the generosity of the public to deliver their lifeline care and support. This year Children’s Hospice Week will be turning up the volume on children’s palliative care to show what life is like for families caring for children with life-limiting conditions, and to amplify families’ voices. It’s also a call for support: these families don’t have time to wait to get the care and support they desperately need.

To find out more about Children’s Hospice Week visit the Rebecca House Children’s Hospice Facebook page or contact us on 01624 647434.


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