Next week is Children's Hospice Week - 22nd to 28th June - a week dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children's hospice and palliative care services across the UK - and the seriously ill children and young people they support.
Events of this year have been some of the toughest times many of us have ever faced, and families caring for a seriously ill child feel more alone than ever. Children’s hospices offer an absolute lifeline – finding new ways to connect with families and taking the pressure off NHS services.
The £200 million made available by HM Treasury to children’s and adult hospices in England between April and June has been vital. This has enabled children’s hospices to play their part in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. They have made capacity available to help discharge seriously ill children who have needed palliative care from hospital – and ensure that they and their families could be cared for in their homes and in children’s hospices, reducing their risk of needing to be admitted to hospital.
However, children’s hospices still need the public’s support to continue. Children’s Hospice Week is a chance to do something amazing by taking on a personal fundraising challenge or to come together with friends and family online to make a difference. Together for Short Lives’ Children’s Hospice Week Wheel of Fortune is helping people to find a fundraising challenge that’s right for them.
"As a Vice President of the East Cheshire Hospice and St Luke's Hospice, and strong supporter of the Donna Louise, I know all too well of the incredible work children's hospices do across the country, providing invaluable care to children when they need it most. The Government's funding to replace the money hospices usually fundraise themselves has been invaluable. However, to support hospices for the months and years ahead, this Children's Hospice Week, hospices, here in Cheshire and across the country, need the public's support to continue."
You can find out more here: https://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/…