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  1. 1. Issue 19 PATRON September 2012 LETTER Sister Frances Dominica Founder: Helen House FROM THE CHIEF BOARD OF TRUSTEES EXECUTIVE Joan Marston - Chief ExecutiveInternational Children’s Palliative Care Network Dear Friends, the 1 October, working alongside Barbara Gelb. We are delighted to Dr Maryann Muckaden (MD) - Co Chair Where would any of us welcome two new Trustees onto the board. Medical Professor Radiation Oncology Tata Memorial Hospital, India be without Helen House and its Founder, Sister Dr Zipporah (Zippy) Ali the Executive Director of Frances Dominica – our first Patron? Sister the Kenyan Hospice and Palliative Care Barbara Gelb - Co Chair Frances, with huge vision, compassion and Association, and Stephen Connor (PhD) a Chief Executive dedication, opened Helen House in Oxford in 1982, Psychologist and International Palliative Care Together for Short Lives, UK and this year we are celebrating with them 30 years Consultant , representing the USA. There will be Sabine Kraft - Vice Chair of incredible service to children requiring palliative more detailed profiles of Prof Muckaden, Dr Ali Chair - Advocacy Committee care. Helen House has been the inspiration for and Dr Connor in the next Newsletter. Director National Children’s Hospice Association, Germany many programmes around the world, and we wish both to congratulate and thank all concerned for We are also delighted that the Duchess of Richard Carling - Treasurer their leadership and example. May Helen House Cambridge has chosen to draw the world’s attention Finance Officer Together for Short Lives, UK continue to be a beacon of hope for many years to hospice and palliative care both for children and to come. adults by giving her maiden speech at home at Dr Zipporah Ali (MD) The Treehouse Children’s Hospice in Ipswich and Executive Director Kenyan Hospice & Palliative Care Association September is such a beautiful month – whether her first speech abroad at Hospis Malaysia. Her enjoying the glories of Spring in the Southern endorsement for partnerships between hospices Sharon Baxter Hemisphere or Autumn/Fall in the Northern is also heartening and something that the ICPCN Executive Director Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Hemisphere. Both seasons herald change wholeheartedly supports. and transition. Within the ICPCN we are also Dr Delia Birtar (MD) experiencing change, growth and transition. Our The excellent Cardiff Paediatric Palliative Care Paediatric Project Coordinator Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov, Romania first change is the resignation of Lizzie Chambers Conference directed by Dr Richard Hain, focused as co-chair of the ICPCN. Lizzie was formerly on issues of spirituality. When speaking in different Dr Hanneke Brits Chief executive of ACT, which she led with vision parts of the world, I have found that questions on Principal Specialist Department of Family Medicine and wisdom, and since the merging of ACT and spirituality and self-care are more common than University of the Free State, South Africa Children’s Hospice UK, working as Deputy Chief questions on clinical issues but many people are still Executive of Together for Short Lives. We are uncomfortable with the topic. We plan to set up a Lizzie ChambersChair - Networking and Information Committee however delighted that she remains on the Board Reference Group to advise on this important element Deputy Chief Executive of the ICPCN as chair of the new Information of palliative care for children. If you feel you would Together for Short Lives, and Networking Committee, set up to support like to be part of this group, please let me know. Dr Stephen Connor (PhD) Sue Boucher as she leads our new and exciting Spiritual care is so often just being a caring and International Palliative Care Consultant venture, eHospice. Thank you Lizzie for all you compassionate presence for the child and family. have meant to the ICPCN from the beginning, and Dr Ross Drake (MD) for your inspiring leadership. May we all bring the gift of presence into ourClinical Director - PPC & Complex Pain Services Starship Children’s Hospital, Aukland, NZ interactions with colleagues, children and families. Prof Mary Ann Muckaden, Head of the Palliative With my very best wishes, Dr Sue Fowler Kerry (PhD) Chair - Education & Research Professor, College of Nursing University of Saskatchewan, Canada Care Department at TATA Memorial Cancer Hospital in Mumbia, will be our new Co-chair from Joan Dr Anna Garchakova (PhD) Countdown to the launch of ehospice - 2 October 2012 L Director Belarussian Children’s Hospice, Belarus Launching in October, ehospice is a free free website and app that will bring Dr Rut Kiman (MD) Chief of Paediatric Palliative Care you you real time international news and Professor A. Posadas Hospital, Argentina intelligence on hospice, palliative and end of life care – delivered by regional Fatia Kiyange and national hospice and palliative Available across web, mobile and tablet, ehospice Director of Programmes African Palliative Care Association care organisations worldwide. will offer you a dynamic learning experience, including a directory of hospice and palliative care At the touch of a button, you will worldwide accessed via an interactive globe. To find the latest news, commentary find out more about ehospice ahead of the launch and analysis from across the world, on 2 October, sign up for regular email updates bringing together the expertise and go to: experience of the global hospice and palliative care community. 1 ICPCN is a registered charity in England & Wales (number 1143712) and a registered company in England & Wales (number 7675172)
  2. 2. EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL EVENTS CALENDAR: SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2012More information and contact details for all these conferences, courses and events can be found on our website. Go to Launch of the South African Palliative Care Network CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa - 20 HPCA International Conference CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa - 06 Lebens Spannen - Fachtagung Palliative Care Freiburg, Germany - 08 International Society of Paediatric oncology 44th Congress 2012 Barbican Centre, London, UK - 10 A Design for Life - UK CPC Practitioners’ Conference 2012 The Paragon Hotel, Birmingham, UK An overview of Teenage Grief Derian House, Lancashire, UK Training with the Palliative Care Toolkit - improving care in developing countries. Hospice House, London , UK Supporting Parents through Pregnancy Loss and the Death of a Baby Saunderton, Bucks, UK - 2/11 2012 OVC Conference Midrand, South Africa NHPCO’s 13th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive Florida, USA - 13 Program in Palliative Care Eduation & Practice Harvard Medical School USA - 11 Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium The Garrison Institute, NY, USA Understanding Loss, Grief and Bereavement Saunderton, Bucks, UK - 17 8th International Conference on Pain Control and Regional Anaesthesia Kochi India Supporting Parents through Pregnancy Loss and the Death of a Baby Manchester, UK Young people facing bereavement St Christopher’s Hospice, London, UK - 1/12 6th Asian Congress of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Sri Lanka -30 1st European Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care Rome, Italy 3rd Int Conf on Pediatric Chronic Diseases, Disability and Human Dev Jerusalem, Israel Intensive Course on ‘Nursing Ethics’ Leuven, Belgium SACPCN Launch Meeting 17 September 2012 - CTICC in Cape Town E Each year, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide and about 90 000 of these children succumb to the disease. Eighty What is the SACPCN percent of children with The South African Children’s Palliative Care Network, (SACPCN) has arisen out of the need to provide a forum for healthcare and other professionals as well cancer live in developing as parents/caregivers to give input and support for an integrated approach to nations and more than half of these children will improve palliative care for children across South Africa. die because they lack access to information, early What is the SACPCN launch meeting all about? detection, effective treatment and care. The launch meeting will provide an opportunity to bring leading experts in the field of PPC to a plenary session where they will share their knowledge and The need for children’s palliative care services in experiences with delegates. Speakers include: cancer care cannot be overstated. After accidents, Dr Khaliah Johnson Visiting fellow from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) cancer is the leading cause of death in children Joan Marston worldwide. Eighty percent of children with cancer Chief Executive, International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) live in developing nations and more than half of Dr Michelle Meiring these children will die because they lack access to Clinical Director Bigshoes Foundation and Paediatric Palliative Care Lecturer, information, early detection, and effective treatment University of Cape Town and care. Cancer pain can be excruciating and children The launch meeting will provide delegates with an opportunity to give input into often lack the verbal skills needed to express their level and identify key areas of need for both the health care professional stream and of pain. Unlike palliative care specialists, many health the caregiver and family streams, as well as to elect representatives to guide the care professionals are not institutionalization of the SACPCN. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for skilled or trained to evaluate a stakeholders to network with each other and for organisations to showcase their work. Who should come? child’s suffering and so it goes The launch meeting is aimed at child health professionals such as nurses, unrecognised, ignored and doctors, paediatricians,social workers, allied health practitioners, spiritual untreated. leaders as well as caregivers including parents, grandparents, NGO staff and home-based care workers. The meeting will be accredited for Continuing Watch Dr Julia Ambler speak Professional Development Points for South African participants. Book your place about palliative care for a child Please complete the registration form at with cancer on ICPCN’s new How much will it cost? YouTube channel. Go to: http:// Health Care Professionals R750 Parents and caregivers R500 2Gaw8DqRw0&feature=plcp Find out more: 2 ICPCN is a registered charity in England & Wales (number 1143712) and a registered company in England & Wales (number 7675172)
  3. 3. WHAT’S HAPPENING.... 1st EUROPEAN CONGRESS ON PAEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE The aim of the 1st European Congress 28 - 30 NOVEMBER 2012 ROME on Paediatric Palliative Care is to 1st EUROPEAN CONGRESS ON PAEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE ERAC EVIITAIILLAP CIIRTAIIDEAP NO SSERGNOC NAEPORUE ts1 ERAC EV TA LLAP C RTA DEAP NO SSERGNOC NAEPORUE ACQUARIO ROMANO provide an international platform for interdisciplinary knowledge sharing where experiences, current topics and new perspectives on key issues regarding palliative care for children and their families can be debated, compared and discussed by those working with critically ill children throughout Europe and beyond. Awards and scholarship opportunities Applications are now open for the 2013 STARS Impact Awards The 2012 STARS Impact Awards recognisesApplications are now being accepted for the AAHPM Developing Countries outstanding organisations working in childrensScholarship. This scholarship is available to physicians who reside in health, education and protection in Africa, thedeveloping countries to attend the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly in New Middle East, Asia and Pacific.Orleans, March 13-16, 2013. This year STARS has increased the numberThis scholarship programme will provide financial support (up to $5,000) to of Awards it intends to offer to 14. Of these,physicians to learn the latest clinical information and research updates in 6 Awards are made up of US$100,000 ofhospice and palliative care from leading experts in the field. unrestricted funding and additional constancy support and the other 8 Awards will range inTo learn more and apply go to: value from US$15,000 to US$60, For information on previous Award recipientsPlease contact Jennifer Bose at or 847.375.3688 with any please visit the website.questions. World Hospice & Palliative Care Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice in Kuwait Day - 13 October seek a Medical Director and Head of Care Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice, the first children’s hospice in the Middle East, is seeking a full time Medical Director of International Standing who will assume the overall responsibility for the medical component of the hospice programme. They also have a position open for Head of Care. The The theme for this World Hospice & Palliative applicant will be expected to run clinical day-to-day operations Care Day is Living to the end: Palliative care for by providing professional and clinical leadership to the an ageing population palliative care team, creating an environment and culture within the care team where quality and excellence are valued In line with this theme the ICPCN has designed and clinical practice reflects the highest standards of care for a series of posters showing that palliative care children, young people and their families. is applicable from the neonatal stage to young adulthood. ICPCN members are welcome to Applications are open until 2 November 2012. To find out download these posters for printing. Should you more about these two positions go to or send wish the messages to be written in your home an enquiry to HR manager Sally Al Kot. language, please make contact with our Information E: Officer on with the translations. Ph: +965 222 76 929 Go to: to download the posters. 3 ICPCN is a registered charity in England & Wales (number 1143712) and a registered company in England & Wales (number 7675172)
  4. 4. NEWS FROM CANADAA NEW RESOURCE FROM CANADA‘Hear my Voice’ is a tool forchildren and youth with serioushealth conditions and theirfamilies. It is a resource thatcan be used independently byfamilies or in a facilitated mannerwith health professionals topromote decisions that arealigned with family values.Support for decision makingThe overall purpose of thisproject was to develop resourcesfor families of children with life-threatening illnesses that wouldencourage an exploration ofdecision making from diagnosis, question or to end the activity. Our Voice’ provides families withthrough the trajectory of the illness an alternate or additional resource.and at end of life. The cards or categories can be purposefully selected to addressWhile advance care planning is issues that are pertinent to the carewidely recognized as important, of the childthere are few resources availableto families or health professionals Who can use this tool?to guide them through these Initially designed for children andimportant conversations. youth with serious health conditions and their families, this activityThe objectives of this project were: can also be used with individuals to develop family-centered of all ages who are coping with resources chronic health conditions. The to provide options for questions encompass a wide communication, both verbal range of conditions and prompt and written consideration of all family members to develop resources perspectives. Acknowledgements that encourage an inter- The creators of ‘Hear my Voice’ professional approach to The questions are applicable to are thankful to Alberta Health advance care planning. individuals coping with illness Services, Alberta Children’s at any age and have been used Hospital and the Alberta Children’sWhat is the tool? effectively with adult populations. Hospital Foundation for makingProvided as a portable package of the development of this resource52 cards available in a box or as possible. Workbooka downloadable version, each card A complimentary workbook has To order this resource or downloadallows a choice of three questions been developed to support decision a free copy go to:that progress in complexity. making in creating advance care http://www.albertahealthservices. plans. The workbook titled ‘Hear ca/4229.aspIt includes a warm-up and wrap-upactivity to provide structure.It also includes safeguard cardsto allow a player to ‘pass’ on a 4
  5. 5. NEWS FROM SOUTH AFRICABUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH MEMORY BOXESSouth Coast Hospice’s Memory Box Workshops Written by Dominique Burton Rural Home Care Programme Manager South Coast Hospice E: H HIV/AIDS is having a devastating effect on South African families and as a result children are paying a heavy price. Children are experiencing multiple losses as their circles of care break down under the strain of this pandemic. Their psychosocial well-being is therefore being compromised and since this is essential for their survival, there seems to be an urgent need for interventions that will allow children to experience the care, support and protection normally provided in a stable and loving home. It is through holistic interventions, that especially vulnerable children can be identified and assisted. Resilience Since resilience is the ability to cope Children participating in a Memory Box workshop at South Coast Hospice despite adversity, psychosocial interventions need to ensure that they History modules dealing with family enhance resilience in the children The essence of memory work stories and family trees. Under the participating in these programmes. rests on the hypothesis that it is supervision of memory facilitators, This is achieved by building the good for the child to know his/her the children decorate their sturdy protective processes found in the family history, however painful this and specially-crafted memory children themselves as well as in their might be, on condition that this boxes. The stories of their deceased families and communities so as to history is recounted in a warm, parents, photographs, important enable them to cope better in the face of non-judgmental setting. If the life documents, as well as various adversities. One way to build resilience children know the history of their precious objects and tangible in especially vulnerable children is parents, they are better able to treasures pertaining to their history by these children participating in a overcome the suffering caused by are placed in their boxes. Memory Box workshop. their illness or death. They access this knowledge through memory Since 2008, South Coast Hospice Metaphor – their own and of those close to has run 12 Memory Box Workshops The term Memory Box should be them, and for the grieving process for 265 especially vulnerable children. understood as a metaphor: it is a to unfold in a meaningful way the These workshops are facilitated by method that encourages children children’s perceptions and feelings a Counselling Psychologist, 1 Social whose parents have died or who are need to be validated by supporting Worker, 2 Social Auxiliary Workers and very ill and will most likely die soon adults i.e. the memory facilitators. 6 Children’s Team Caregivers and run to preserve their memory of them in Further, these children will be for five days during the school holidays. a way that will allow them to develop able to provide emotional support despite adversity. The term also to siblings, peers and younger Acknowledgements refers to an object: children, and will in all likelihood Running the Memory Box Workshops a wooden, metal or become involved in further has taught South Coast Hospice cardboard box or activities that encourage increasing the importance of a communal container that holds awareness of self-development response to providing for the needs personal items such and realizing their full potential. of these very vulnerable children. as photos, The generosity of funding and of identity Resilience spirit is what has contributed to documents, The primary objective of a memory this successful programme. We o b j e c t s box workshop is to provide HIV- acknowledge Sinomlando, our belonging infected and affected children donors as well as our carpenter, to deceased with life skills that will enhance caterers, concerned educators, staff f a m i l y their resilience. Special emphasis and members of the public for all members is placed on memory work, with they have contributed. etc. 5 ICPCN is a registered charity in England Wales (number 1143712) and a registered company in England Wales (number 7675172)
  6. 6. NEWS FROM ARGENTINAA SOUTH AMERICAN INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME Our experience with the Children’s Palliative Care Team at Hospital Posadas in Buenos Aires, Argentina Lais Fernanda Barroso Cremonesi and Renata Fernandes de Carvalho able to constantly relate theory to Moreno are two paediatric nurses from the Institute for Pediatric practical experience. Onocologia (IOP-GRAACC-Unifesp) in Sao Paulo, Brazil who participated in an internship at Hospital Posadas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They report It was interesting to note the concern on what they learnt and some of their experiences from the time they spent the team had for the emotional with the Children’s Palliative Care Team under the guidance of Dr Rut Kiman. aspects of patients, relatives and health professionals involved in the care. They were aware of and concerned about the details that are not routinely observed, demonstrating the holistic nature of the treatment by the CPC team. This is very different to the biomedical approach to care. Everything we experienced was an example of how people with determination, desire, knowledge and love for what they do manage to break down barriers and change cultural paradigms within a large hospital, overcoming the limitations and The paediatric palliative care team based at Hospital Posadas in Buenos Aires hosted two building a quality service. paediatric oncology nurses from the Pediatric Oncology Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lais and Renata are 2nd from the left (top and bottom) and Dr Kiman is on the right. In short, it was a very constructive D experience for our personal and During the internship, we had the discussions we have had professional growth. the opportunity to follow the the opportunity to exchange Interdisciplinary Children’s Palliative experiences and gain new Activities performed included: Care team in Hospital Posadas, knowledge about the medications Monitoring and participation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, consisting used, their mechanisms of action discussions of the cases seen of two physicians, a nurse, a and the side-effects they cause. by the team psychologist, a sociologist, an Observation of patient and occupational therapist, and other We were asked to prepare a family care professionals who perform temporary presentation on opioid-induced Participation in discussions stages in the service as 3rd year constipation, which was also of cases of Paediatrics and residents and a social worker. extremely positive for our growth. classes taught by staff The team works with inpatients We learned some scales used by Presentation of a lecture on and outpatients, referred either by the team to assess the level of opioid-induced constipation resident pediatric physicians, by sedation and that abstinence from Opportunity to meet the service pediatric consultants in charge opioids can be very useful in our of Pediatric Oncology and their of pediatric inpatient ward or by practice. work routines pediatric sub specialists. Implementation and application Theory and practice of a questionnaire on the use of The experience of doing this We had the opportunity to spend two opioids and Palliative Care for internship was extremely valuable days in the Hematology-Oncology teams of Pediatric Oncology, and enriching, since the team is Unit. We learned the routines and Cardiology ICU in order to already well-structured and is widely of nursing work, the protocols identify the level of knowledge recognized in the hospital. We saw used, and about the preparation about opioids and activities the team working with patients with of chemotherapy. We exchanged performed by the palliative care little chance of survival and with experiences on the reality we team patients not only in the final stages of live in our service and we noticed Exchange of experiences of life. This is considerably different from the difference and difficulties of a the situations we experience the reality of our service. It proved to pediatric oncology sector located in our service identifying the be extremely constructive because within a general hospital. strengths and weaknesses of it made us think about the care we each service. provide to our patients and how we Throughout the internship we can accomplish a great deal more. had good theoretical support, either in discussions or through Pain management interdisciplinary classes taught We found that the pain management during the week. This was critical to is similar to what we do. During our advancement because we were 6 Lais Cremonesi and Renata Fernandes
  7. 7. NEWS FROM AUSTRALIAQUEENSLAND KIDS - ONE STEP CLOSER TOTHE OPENING OF HUMMINGBIRD HOUSE They also thanked the families who supported their organisational submission saying “...those stories are not ours...they are YOURS and they have made a massive impact upon the future of paediatric palliative care in Queensland.” Queensland Kids have recently released their newest promotional clip which will be screened in cinemas. This can be seen on the front page of their website at: Why Hummingbird House? Children’s author Renee Bennet gives a wonderful analogy in her explanation of why the name ‘Hummingbird House’ was chosen for the hospice. In an extract from the submission she describes the similarities between children with life limiting illnesses and hummingbirds as follows: Somewhere today in our vast world, is the smallest of birds, known as the Hummingbird. Though small in stature, it is an extraordinary creature. For this very reason, we have chosen to call this, Hummingbird House. Though small in stature, children living with a long term palliative disability are nothing less than extraordinary! Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death and are able to store just enough energy to survive overnight. They do not spend all day flying as the energy cost would be prohibitive. The majority of their activity consists of simply sitting or perching. The sad reality is that for these children, death could be just moments away and a lot of their energy is used in just trying to live. While a hummingbird rapidly beats it’s wings, it does this just to hover and remain suspended in the air. The journey of a child with a life-limiting condition can often seemQQueensland Kids took another step forward in their mission to build suspended in time.a world class sustainable paediatric respite and hospice facility in Many never moveBrisbane, Queensland. forward on the journey of normal growth orPaul and Gabrielle Quilliam, cofounders of Queensland Kids were development.invited to present a submission to a recently held parliamentaryinquiry into palliative care in Queensland. Queensland Kids Hummingbirds are thewere the only exclusive organisational paediatric palliative care only bird in the worldsubmission. Included in the submission were parent’s stories, that can fly backwards.including the stories of Kate and Amy from ICPCN’s publication The journey of a child with a life-limiting condition is often one ofTouching Rainbows. QK were highly commended by the politicians backward motion…moving away from a full future. Hummingbirdson the quality of the submission and the stories. don’t use their feet to walk but for perching. Queensland Kids are often wheelchair bound and spend most of their life just sitting andCritical gap in services waiting. Indeed, many Hummingbirds die in their first year of lifeQueensland Kids has identified a critical gap in services for out- during hatching and leaving the nest. If they do survive they canof-home respite and end-of-life care for children and their families live as long as 10 years but the average lifespan is 3 - 5 years.affected by a life-limiting condition. Queensland Kids’ vision is Such a lifespan is similar in length when compared to a child withto build Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only out-of-home a life-limiting condition.specialist paediatric palliative care, respite and hospice facility.Hummingbird House will be established to give families the added Hummingbirds are capable of covering astounding distances.flexibility to access respite care and hospice care when home or Queensland Kids’ and their families are capable of doinghospital care can no longer meet their needs. astounding things within their lifetime and making an astounding impact on those around them.Paul and Gabrielle report on Queensland Kids Facebook page that Paul and Gabrielle would be keen to partner with anothertwo separate official responses from MP’s on the inquiry committee Children’s Hospice working in similar circumstances forwere: “the need for this is a ‘no-brainer’”....and “we commend you on the sharing of ideas, relevant policies and expertise. If youyour submission and thank you for providing the powerful stories”. are interested in such a partnerships, please feel free to contact them by email at: 7 ICPCN is a registered charity in England Wales (number 1143712) and a registered company in England Wales (number 7675172)
  8. 8. NEWS FROM THE UKThe world’s first children’s hospice celebrates its30th Anniversary Milestones from 30 years of care 3ea0 y rsIt has been 30 years since Helen House opened in Oxford,England. It was the first children’s hospice in the world.Throughout 2012 they plan to celebrating these 30 yearsof care, talking about one of the millstones in their journeyeach month through the use of videos and photos. They willalso talk about their plans for the future.The milestones they discuss include the following: The opening of Helen House in 1982 The creation of their bereavement support team in 1985 The support provided to siblings The opening of their first shop in Oxford in 2003 The opening of Douglas House for teenagers and young adults IN 2004They will also be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a travelling photographic exhibition, ‘We are Thirty’,which captures the images and stories of children, young adults and families behind both Helen House andDouglas House, from across the region. The exhibition starts its journey at The Central Library in Swindon on17 July and takes in Banbury, Buckingham, Henley, Oxford, High Wycombe and Waddesdon Manor. The photoswill also be shown at the charity’s open day in Oxford, on Saturday, 15 September. To learn more about thecelebrations in this special year go to: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge makes her first official speech at one of East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) - The Treehouse she spoke of feeling She described the children’s hugely honoured to hospice as a lifeline which enabled be here to see the families to ‘live as normally as wonderful centre and possible during a very precious said that what was time. done at The Treehouse was inspirational and The feelings you inspire. Feelings “a shining example of love and of hope offer a chance of the support and to families to live a life they never care that is delivered thought possible. not just here by in children’s hospices at What you have all achieved here is large up and down the extraordinary. country.” I feel enormously proud to be part The Duchess admitted of East Anglia’s Children’s HospiceHHRH The Duchess of Cambridge to having ‘a pre-conceived idea of and to see the life-changing workchosechose to give her very first speech what to expect’ on her very first visit that you do.”asas a royal at East Anglia’s Children’s to a children’s hospice in Milton.Hospices newest hospice - The Her surprise at finding a ‘home The Duchess’s very first speechTreehouse. She is a patron of from home’ is summed up in her abroad on 13 September will alsoEACH. words: “Far from being a clinical be at a hospice in Malaysia. To depressing place for sick children. watch her maiden speech onWhile there she also spent time It was a home. Most importantly it YouTube go to: and making music with was a family home. A happy place com/watch?v=4cmyK805fUssome of the children and planted a of stability support and care. It wastree in the grounds. In her speech a place of fun.” Should you wish to contribute to ICPCN acknowledges with gratitude the ICPCN is a registered charity in England or advertise in ICPCN Network funding received from The True Colours Wales (number 1143712) and a registered News please contact the Editor, Trust for the furtherance of its work in company in England Wales (number 7675172) Sue Boucher promoting the development of paediatric Email: palliative care worldwide. Registered as a Co in SA: 2011/001648/08 Cell: +27(0)82 897 4420