Today sees the launch of Children’s Hospice Week 2015 in the UK. This year the campaign, which runs from 11-17 May, focuses on helping children and families make every moment count, highlighting how precious time is for families caring for a child who may not reach adulthood.
Led by national charity Together for Short Lives, the awareness and fundraising week brings together the UK’s 53 children’s hospices and children’s palliative care services – all of them charities that rely on donations to continue providing their vital care and support for children and families across the UK.
Barbara Gelb OBE, CEO of Together for Short Lives explains how services, like children’s hospices, help families make the most of their time together: “Children’s Hospice Week this year is all about helping children and families make the most of the time they have together. The campaign raises awareness about all the important services supporting these families and how they focus on life – however short it may be. We hope the public will be inspired to support Children’s Hospice Week this year and help the 49,000 children and their families make the most of their precious time together.”
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). She said:
“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.”
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.
There are many other ways to get involved, and range of fundraising resources and promotional materials can be found on the Together for Short Lives website.