CHILDREN’S Hospice Week 2020 is taking place this week between 22 and 28 June to celebrate and raise vital funds for the 54 children’s hospices across the UK.
This year the families supported by children’s hospices have felt the effects of lockdown more than anyone, with social isolation taking its toll, families have been left exhausted after months of providing 24/7 care for their child at home.
Children’s hospices have offered these families an absolute lifeline – finding new ways to connect with families and providing vital capacity to take the pressure off the NHS. But as they are all charities, they have faced unprecedented challenges. With charity shops having been closed from March until mid-June, and supporters have been unable to take part in challenge and fundraising events, they need support now more than ever.
Led by UK charity Together for Short Lives, and launching with a personal video message from the charity’s Patron Holly Willoughby, the national awareness week Children’s Hospice Week will celebrate the amazing children and families UK hospices support, and, of course, the care staff and supporters who have been working so hard during the coronavirus crisis.
Organisers are calling on members of the public to do something amazing and to raise money to help children’s hospices continue to offer care to children now and into the future.