Star presenter of TVâ€™s Dancing on Ice, Holly Willoughby, is supporting this yearâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hospice Week, 20-27 September. Holly, patron of Childrenâ€™s Hospices UK, has been a keen supporter of childrenâ€™s hospices since seeing first-hand the services they provide for children who are not expected to reach adulthood and their families.
She asks: â€œHow will you get involved in Childrenâ€™s Hospice Week 2008?â€
Childrenâ€™s Hospice Week aims to raise awareness of the unique services available to children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Itâ€™s also about raising vital funds for the 43 childrenâ€™s hospice services now operating across the country. Childrenâ€™s hospices have helped thousands of children and families in the UK over the past 26 years. So how can you help?
Why not go to great lengths to support your local childrenâ€™s hospice and take part in â€˜Swim for Kidsâ€™ this October? Swim for Kids, the national swimathon run by Childrenâ€™s Hospices UK, will make a big splash in Childrenâ€™s Hospice Week this year with launch events taking place up and down the country. The event will run throughout October and thanks to our partnership with Parkwood Leisure, participants can do their swim for free at a Parkwood Leisure managed centre*. To find your nearest centre and for more information on how to register visit swimforkids.org.uk
Holly Willoughby says: â€œI have seen for myself just how tirelessly staff at a childrenâ€™s hospice work to make the lives of children who are not expected to reach adulthood and their families more enjoyable. Along with Swim for Kids there will be tonnes of events taking place up and down the country during Childrenâ€™s Hospice Week. Please visit childhospcie.org.uk to find out more about how you can get involved and support your local childrenâ€™s hospice.â€