CHILDREN'S HOSPICE WEEK
Children’s Hospice Week 2017 (22-28 May) shines a light on the remarkable families caring for seriously ill children and celebrate the amazing children’s hospice and palliative care services providing vital support.
This year Northern Ireland Children's Hospice will be turning up the volume on children’s palliative care to show what life is like for families caring for children with life-limiting conditions, and to amplify families' voices. It’s also a call for support: these families don’t have time to wait to get the care and support they desperately need.
Children’s Hospice Week is organised nationally by Together for Short Lives, working alongside local children's palliative care services right across the UK.
Northern Ireland Children's Hospice is delighted that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, is supporting this year’s Children’s Hospice Week. This tremendous support will mean so much to children and families and all the staff and volunteers at Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.
The video can be viewed at: www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/royalfilm
Key NI Children’s Hospice Messages
Northern Ireland hospice is the only provider of dedicated children’s palliative care services in NI, offering end of life care and respite care to babies, children and young people, both in the community and in hospice
- Each Year, NI Hospice cares for in the region of 300-350 families. In 20/15/16, 320 families were supported by our services
- Many of the children we care for have highly complex conditions and require the support of specialised healthcare professionals. Often the child’s condition can be so complex that there is no clear diagnosis
- Annual running costs exceed £3million with less than 30% of these costs met by statutory funding. The remaining costs are met by a combination of voluntary sources including donations, corporate partnerships, legacies, trust and foundations