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HRH Duchess of Cornwall, Our Royal Patron

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall meeting staff in the messy play/art therapy roomChildren’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is proud to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has accepted the position of Patron of the Charity. This announcement follows the visit Her Royal Highness made to the Charity’s third hospice Little Harbour in Cornwall in July 2013.

Eddie Farwell Co-Founder and Chief Executive comments:

“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 of Children’s Hospice South West’s hospices. Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset and Little Harbour in Mid Cornwall.”

During her visit to Little Harbour The Duchess spoke at length with families who are supported by the Cornwall hospice. All three of Children’s Hospice South West’s hospices, provide a range of services including 24 hour palliative care and end of life care, support for parents and brothers and sisters, as well as help, advice and support in bereavement and beyond.  

Her Royal Highness 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 that this is one of the most exceptional places I have ever seen. Congratulations to everyone.

Man and woman talking to each otherEddie Farwell further comments “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.”