LAST week The Duchess of Cambridge joined families from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) to plant a garden at The Nook, one of EACH’s purpose-built hospices near Norwich.
Marking the end of Children’s Hospice Week, The Duchess also met with staff from EACH’s care and facilities teams to thank them for the incredible work that they do. Children’s Hospice Week 2020 is organised by the UK charity Together for Short Lives and aims to celebrate and raise vital funds for the UK’s 54 children’s hospices.
Using plants bought during her visit to Fakenham Garden Centre last week, The Duchess worked alongside an EACH volunteer gardener, staff and two families to help create a space that would provide enjoyment for children and families, using sensory plants such as lavender, bay and rosemary. The garden also contains strawberry plants, herbs, geraniums and hydrangeas in a calming lilac colour scheme.
In a message from The Duchess about Children’s Hospice Week, she said:
“This Children’s Hospice Week, I’d like to thank the amazing staff for all the work that you do in children’s hospices around the UK. The care and the nurture that you provide children and families in the most unimaginable circumstances is just awe-inspiring.
“I’d also like to pay tribute to all those families out there who are caring for and looking after a child with a life-limiting illness. You do the most extraordinary job and I know it’s particularly hard at the moment so my thoughts go out to you all.”
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and supports their families. Their care service includes specialist nursing care, symptom management nursing, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies, counselling and volunteer services in the family home; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
Throughout the pandemic, the charity has continued to deliver end of life and emergency crisis care as well as bereavement support. They have also adapted their services to support families by phone and online.
The Duchess has been Royal Patron of EACH since 2012 and attended the official opening of The Nook in November last year. Last week she joined The Duchess of Cornwall in a call with their children’s hospice patronages to mark the start of Children’s Hospice Week 2020.