Kate Middleton made a video message for Children’s Hospice Week 2017, which starts today, May 22, and runs through the end of this week, May 28.
The video features footage of Kate at EACH Quidenham when she visited back in January. She also filmed her message to the camera that day, as she’s wearing the same outfit. Interestingly, it was reported that Kate only spent 1 hour at EACH in January, which means she did her visit and filmed this video in the span of one hour.
To the camera, Kate says:
“For any parent, being told that your child may have a life-limiting condition, or may die young, will be one of the most difficult and isolating experiences you can face. Having someone to help you come to terms with this news, and the professional support and care that comes with this, can make an enormous difference. It can help families make the most of every precious moment they have together.
“As Patron of EACH, I have seen the incredible difference that children’s hospice and palliative care services can make for children, young people, and their families.
“Across the UK, more than 49,000 children and young people have life-limiting conditions. For these families, having expert care and support is vital, and this is what children’s hospices provide. They deliver first class care in a safe environment that feels as close to home as possible, full of color, warmth, love, and support.
“Today as we mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week, I hope you will join me in shining a light on the dedicated and inspirational staff and volunteers, and the lifeline services they provide for children and their families. The work they do is extraordinary, and it really does make a world of difference.”
[transcript of video below]
The video also features music by EACH ambassador Ed Sheeran, a song called “Lego House”.
Kate mispronounced “palliative” yet again, saying “pallative” instead. She’s been mispronouncing “palliative” since she became Patron of EACH five years ago. You’d think she’d correct it by now.
Other than the “palliative” mispronunciation, I think this video is much better than her previous ones – her voice is more confident, and she’s not stumbling on her words as much.
And at least Kate made a video this year. In 2016, 2015, and 2014, Kate just released statements and didn’t bother making a video. Too bad Kate isn’t making a hospice visit in support of Children’s Hospice Week, though.
You know what Kate is also not doing in May? Making a mental health related visit. May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US, and May 8-14 was Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Yet not a peep from William, Kate, or Harry.
This year’s Children’s Hospice Week theme is “Let’s turn up the volume!” From Together For Short Lives:
“This year we will be turning up the volume on children’s palliative care to raise awareness about the number and needs of children with life-limiting conditions and to celebrate all the lifeline services that children and families rely on. We want to amplify families’ voices and change people’s perceptions about some of the myths surrounding children’s palliative care.”
Kate is, of course, Patron of EACH, which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, offering a family-centered, needs-led approach to care, ensuring all of the needs of the children and young people cared for are met – whether psychological, physical, emotional, social or spiritual.