I remember the night her first patronages were announced. It was the first glimpse we got at the things Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge had decided to focus on. She ended up choosing a mix of charities that included some expected choices like the Natural History Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery. She made the choice to support The Art Room, and to volunteer with her local Scouting troops. Then there was one that surprised me in Action on Addiction. And, finally, one whose name alone broke my heart. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. As I read the name and the description from the list, I started to cry. I knew that learning more about this place would not necessarily be easy. I had to know more, though.
As I began my research, I reached out. I didn’t want to just go by the words on a screen, I wanted to know the people that made it all work. I wanted to know why. One thing became clear very quickly and that has stayed on my heart to this day. I knew to the core of my soul: that the words Children’s Hospice had no business being used together…EVER. I also know that as long as long as such places and services are needed that I am going to make damn sure I am doing everything I can to get them the resources they need.
2020, and COVID-19 brought need for support for these services home more than EVER. Over the next two months, I will be publishing a new Children’s Hospice Profile nearly every day. The Hospices that are featured will be from across the world. My hope with this series is to show you that these are not sad, depressing places with no sign of hope, I want to show you that these places are full of support, love, and laughter. A place where families can just focus on being a family and making precious memories. And, yes, when the time comes, a place where families can say goodbye in a way that works best for them.
I’ll share the story of my visit to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices Treehouse in Ipswich, Suffolk in June of 2018 with you.
This series is not just going to throw donation links at you begging for money. I will work hard to tell you about each of these places and what makes them so special. I’m going to show you wishlists so that you can source items that fit the way in which you want to help. I am also going to show you ways that you can help a local service in ways that don’t take money, it might just take a little time…an extra click on your web browser.
Stick with me on this journey and I’ll make you another promise. By the end of the series I promise that you’ll see that anyone can make a difference in the lives of these kids.