The Duchess of Cambridge written a letter in support of Children's Hospice Week which runs from June 17 to 23.

The Duchess is the Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

The national awareness week is organised by the UK's umbrella charity for children's palliative care Together for Short Lives.

  • The Duchess's letter in full reads:

Children's hospices provide vital sanctuaries for those experiencing the very toughest of times.

They help families and carers build life long memories that are poignant, happy and often filled with laughter.

Whether through specialist play aimed at deepening relationships between children and their families, or through art and music therapy that helps young people express themselves and release their thoughts and feelings - the work of organisations like East Anglia's Children's Hospices can set a truly heart-warming example to us all.

They provide a lifeline to children and families for however long support is needed and I hope that others join me in thanking them as we shine a light on their work during Children's Hospice Week.

The theme this year is 'Moments that Matter'. It aims to make the most of the very precious time that those using hospice services have.

Throughout the week we will hear amazing stories from families facing the toughest of futures.

I hope that they will inspire each and every one of us to similarly make the most of the time we have with our own families, by ensuring every moment matters and that we create memories that last forever.