One of the great things about the work done by the Royal Family is the attention that they bring to charitable causes and important community issues through their Patronages. With the Duchess of Cambridge, it is the unfortunate reality that the causes and issues she supports can sometimes be overlooked for news of what she was wearing or what she mentioned during an engagement about Prince George or Princess Charlotte. We wanted to take some time to shine a light on the important work done by Kate’s charities, and today are getting to know a little more about East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH), one of the first organizations Kate worked with starting in 2012.
What is East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH)?
EACH hospices aren’t just about end of life care; they’re often very happy and fun places, where young people can live life to their full potential. They are places where families feel safe, at home and where they can spend quality time together.
EACH supports families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Their family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
They offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), Quidenham (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich). More than half of the care and support is delivered in the family home and community, in surroundings familiar and comfortable for the family.
Who benefits from East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH)?
EACH offers a family-centred, needs-led approach to care, ensuring all of the needs of the children and young people we care for are met – whether psychological, physical, emotional, social or spiritual.
EACH can provide support to all family members, including parents/carers, siblings, grandparents, extended family and significant others.
Why did the Duchess of Cambridge choose East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH)?
Through the Palace announcement at the time of the Patronage with Action on Addiction was announced, it was revealed that the Duchess of Cambridge began her private research into charitable causes in September 2011. The private programme undertaken by The Duchess consisted of meetings at St. James’s Palace and private visits to a number of sites.
The Duchess’s first Patronages, including East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH), reflect Her Royal Highness’s personal interests in the arts, the promotion of outdoor activity, and supporting people who are in need of all ages, especially young children.
How can you get involved with East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH)?
East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) offers the following suggestions on ways to get involved:
- Donations – EACH needs to raise £16,000 a day every day to provide their vital services across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk – something we couldn’t do without help.
- Attend one of their events to help raise awareness.
- EACH are keen to recruit a diverse pool of volunteers and we have a growing variety of opportunities to get involved with. Take a look at our volunteer roles to find out how you can use you time, skills and enthusiasm to help.
- Shop! Support one of EACH’s Charity Shops.
How can you get involved in your own community?
Unfortunately, the need for Hospice care is universal and there are many different Hospices you can choose to support in every local community around the world. We encourage you to take the time to visit the charities near you and find one that you are passionate about to advocate for and support.