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Duchess of Cambridge praises EACH

Duchess of Cambridge praises EACH

Published by Grace Mcgachy
11:29am 17th June 2019. (Updated at 6:30pm 17th June 2019)

Children's hospices are 'a truly heart-warming example to us all'.

The kind words of the Duchess of Cambridge about like East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).

Her Royal Highness, EACH's Royal Patron, has shared her thoughts in a letter of support for Children's Hospice Week (17-23 June)

Duchess Kate

She said:

"Charities like East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) provide a truly heart-warming example to us all creating life long memories that are poignant, happy and often filled with laughter".

The theme for Children's Hospice Week this year is Moments that Matter.

It is hoped showcasing the moments that matter for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and their families, will challenge the misconception that children's hospices are scary places.

EACH Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge


In a recent UK-wide survey conducted by YouGov, a fifth (20%) of respondents said they did not know what children's hospices do or what children's palliative care means.

The Duchess's letter reads:

"It (Moments that Matter) aims to make the most of the very precious time that those using hospice services have.

Throughout the week we will hear amazing stories from families facing the toughest of futures.

I hope that they will inspire each and every one of us to similarly make the most of the time we have with our own families, by ensuring every moment matters and that we create memories that last forever."


EACH is sharing the stories of five parents who receive its support at a photography exhibition in Ipswich, where the photos on display have been taken by the parents as a means of exploring what EACH and the word 'hospice' mean to them, and how that may have changed over time.

The exhibition, called the H-Word, is being seen as an unprecedented and innovative attempt to address misconceptions and has received positive feedback from other children's hospices around the country.

Among parents whose photos will be exhibited is Charlotte Markham, from Kesgrave, whose son Elliot sadly died after just a few hours in 2012.

Markham family photo from 2012 EACH

Charlotte said:

"When we went to look around The Treehouse (EACH's hospice in Ipswich) it was a totally different experience to what we expected. We were made to feel that our son Elliot mattered, his life mattered, he was important, they would care for us and him. Our initial perception of what EACH was from the outside was so wrong."

Read more about Children's Hospice Week and the Duchess's letter in full

More information about the H-Word exhibition.

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