The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) has chosen the second Friday in October as a day for raising funds and international awareness of the work of children’s hospices and children’s palliative care services worldwide. This year the day falls on Friday 12 October.
Hats on 4 CPC is an ICPCN campaign that aims to raise awareness of the rights of very sick children to receive palliative care and this year will be held on Friday 12 October 2018. Over 21 million children in the world live with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness or condition. At present less than 1% of these children have access to children’s hospices or palliative care services.
Anyone can join this awareness raising campaign by following these 3 simple steps:
- Wear a hat to work, college or school on Friday 12 October
- Take a selfie and post to social media using #HatsOn4CPC and tagging ICPCN
- Donate online to ICPCN or your nearest children’s hospice or palliative care service
Now into its fifth year, ICPCN hopes to have an even greater reach than in previous years.
Should you be motivated to do more to raise awareness for these children you can encourage your workplace, school or business to get involved. Alternatively get creative and host your own ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’, High Tea or luncheon. Be sure to take photos and tag ICPCN using #HatsOn4CPC.
About children’s palliative care
Children’s palliative care (CPC) is holistic care that responds to the unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of a child with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness and that of the child’s family. The child’s pain and symptoms are relieved and they are helped to enjoy the best possible quality of life, for however long or short a time that may be. It also supports the child and family at the end of a child’s life with bereavement care provided for as long as it is needed. This specialised care is delivered by a dedicated team of people, many of whom wear diverse and many different hats.