The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Whittington Hospital, in London

At the start of Children's Hospice Week, The Duchess of Cornwall has sent a message to families being supported by hospices, and the staff and volunteers.

Once again, it is Children’s Hospice Week, so I wanted to send a message to all the families across the country who are caring for terminally ill babies, children and young people.  You face enormous, heart-breaking challenges and you are much in my thoughts and prayers.  

I also wanted to thank the brilliant staff and volunteers who work wonders to help short lives to be lived to the full, creating precious memories and providing comfort and support to all those who come through your doors. 

Children's Hospice Week aims to raise awareness and funds for children’s hospice and palliative care services across the UK. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are both Patrons of children’s hospice charities, including Ty Hafan, Helen and Douglas House, Children's Hospice South West and Roald Dalh's Marvellous Children's Charity.