Duchess makes hospice video appeal
The Duchess of Cambridge has given her first ever video message to appeal for support for a campaign for children's hospices.
In the message the Duchess urged people to support Children's Hospice Week.
The week, which runs until Friday, is run by UK children's palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.
In the video, which lasts just under two minutes, pregnant Kate, who is Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), said she had seen first-hand the "transformational" work done for children and their families.
Wearing a black dress with a white Peter Pan collar, she said: "As Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices I have been fortunate to see at first hand the remarkable work that they do for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. It is simply transformational.
"There are 49 children's hospice services across the UK, all providing similar invaluable and life enhancing care to thousands of families.
"Children's Hospice Week is a time to recognise, celebrate and support the inspirational work of those hospices, and those who provide palliative care to these children and families. Children's hospices provide lifelines to families at a time of unimaginable pain. The support they give is vital.
"In order to carry out this wonderful work, our help is needed. With our support, those providing children's palliative care can continue to offer these extraordinary services. It does not bear thinking about what these families would do without this.
"I hope that you will join me this Children's Hospice Week in supporting your local service. To find out more about how you can help, please visit togetherforshortlives.org.uk With your support, we can help ensure that these children and their families can make the most of the precious time they have together."
Children's Hospice Week, organised by Together for Short Lives, celebrates the work of children's hospices and children's palliative care services that provide vital care to children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, and their families. It culminates this Friday with Superhero Friday - a special day of hero-inspired fundraising.