THE Duchess of Cornwall has been announced as patron of Children’s Hospice South West, which set up its first end-of-life and bereavement care home in Barnstaple in 1995.
The charity said Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the wife of the Prince of Wales, had accepted the position of patron of the charity following her visit to its third hospice, Little Harbour in Cornwall, in July 2013.
Co-founder and chief executive of Children’s Hospice South West Eddie Farwell said: “This is a great honour for not only the charity, but also life-limited children and their families throughout the South West of England.
“Her Royal Highness's patronage will support all three Children’s Hospice South West’s hospices - Little Bridge House in Barnstaple, North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset and Little Harbour in Mid Cornwall.”
During her visit to Little Harbour, the duchess spoke to families who are supported by the care provided there.
Children’s Hospice South West provides services including 24-hour palliative care and end of life care for life limited children. It supports families and provides help, advice and support in bereavement and beyond.
During her visit in July last year, the duchess said: “Can I say just a few words really to congratulate you, Eddie, and all of the team whose work has made this a very, very special place.
“Before I visited a hospice I always thought that they might be sad places but it is completely the opposite, they are uplifting and very, very special, and I think this is one of the most exceptional places I have ever seen. Congratulations to everyone.”
Mr Farwell added: “We feel extremely privileged that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has chosen to become our Patron.
“Royal patronage gives Children’s Hospice South West recognition for all that it has achieved since its small beginnings in 1991 in North Devon, and acknowledges the support our three hospices have provided to hundreds of families across the South West of England.
“I know that all our staff, supporters, families and children will feel greatly honoured on this momentous occasion. We look forward to welcoming Her Royal Highness on further visits to our hospices.”