Children’s Hospice Week reveals incredible work of children’s hospices in the face of Covid-19 pandemic
23 JUNE 2020
Week celebrates the amazing work of hospices across UK
This is…Children’s Hospice Week 2020 - taking place between 22 and 28 June to celebrate and raise vital funds for the 54 children’s hospices across the UK. This year the families supported by Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice have felt the effects of lockdown more than anyone; with social isolation taking its toll, families have been left exhausted after months of providing 24/7 care for their child at home.
Children’s hospices like ours have offeredthese families an absolute lifeline – finding new ways to connect with families and providing vital capacity to take the pressure off the NHS. But as a charity we have faced unprecedented challenges – Noah’s Ark continues to rely on the amazing generosity of our supporters.
Led by UK charity Together for Short Lives, national awareness week Children’s Hospice Week is celebrating the amazing children and families we support, and our care staff and supporters who have been working so hard during the coronavirus crisis.
“Coronavirus has changed all of our lives, and families caring for a seriously ill child feel more alone than ever,” says Andy Fletcher, CEO for Together for Short Lives. “Lockdown has been so tough for the children and their families and many will carry on shielding long after social distancing ends. So they desperately need the support of their local children’s hospice more than ever. That’s why Children’s Hospice Week is so important this year – it is vital that we pull together to protect the lifeline care that children’s hospices provide for vulnerable families today, tomorrow and long into the future”.
Sophie Andrews OBE, Chief Executive of Noah’s Ark, said: “Coronavirus has been a tragedy for our community and our country. But from the depths of despair have emerged beautiful chinks of light – and we will celebrate them during Children’s Hospice Week. Our supporters, staff and friends have been with us every step of the way, raising and donating money, bringing food, offering support. I’m so pleased that this special week is giving us the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has been involved”.
A huge THANK YOU to all of our brilliant supporters, staff and community who have supported Noah's Ark through thick and thin