Kate Praises Work of Children's Hospice

11/09/2012 AT 01:30 PM EST


A special message from the Duchess of Cambridge praising the work of one of her favorite charities has been made into a video.

Kate, 30, penned some words for the hospice charity East Anglia's Children's Hospice and they have celebrated the impact she has had in her first year of patronage by putting it to music alongside some new pictures.

The message, first carried in an annual report, praises workers and volunteers and thanks supporters. EACH, she says "is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time."

It was at EACH's center in Ipswich that Kate made her first public speech as a royal. That day, she says, was a "special" one helping her realize that hospices were not only a place of care but a "home away from home, enabling families to live as normal a life as possible."



The letter from the Duchess of Cambridge:

It was a huge honour to become Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices in January this year. I am enormously proud to be part of such an inspiring organisation and to see the wonderful life-changing work that the charity does.

EACH is invaluable to hundreds of families. In the past year there has been an unprecedented amount of care and support delivered to children and young people with life-threatening illnesses, and their families. I have been fortunate enough to meet some of those who have been supported by EACH, and seen first hand the positive impact this organisation has on their lives, for both families accessing care, and those who have been bereaved.

EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time. The highly skilled and motivated staff at EACH work tirelessly to ensure families' needs are fulfilled and their lives enhanced through short break care, family support and many activities and therapies. They are an enormous inspiration, and along with the charity's volunteers, they should be applauded.

A real highlight for me this year was being invited to open The Treehouse in Ipswich. It was not only a very special day for me, personally, but also an invaluable insight into EACH's work. It made me realise that these hospices are not only a place of care. They are a home from home, enabling families to live as normal a life as possible.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of EACH.

(signed) Catherine

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