The Duchess of Cambridge has marked Children’s Hospice Week by recording her first video message.
In it, she appealed for support for the initiative aimed at raising awareness and funds.
The week, which runs until Friday, is run by UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.
In the video pregnant Kate, who is Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, said she had seen first-hand the “transformational” work done for children and their families.
The Duchess said: “Children’s hospices provide lifelines to families at a time of unimaginable pain. The support they give is vital.
“In order to carry out this wonderful work, our help is needed. With our support, those providing children’s palliative care can continue to offer these extraordinary services.
“It does not bear thinking about what these families would do without this.”
The video was released ahead of the Duchess’s visit today to the Naomi House Children’s Hospice at Sutton Scotney near Winchester.