Billy Joel: Uptown GirliTunesAmazon

Billy Joel: Uptown GirliTunesAmazon

WATCH: Royal seal of approval for children's hospices

WATCH: Royal seal of approval for children's hospices

Published at 6:03am 23rd May 2017. (Updated at 3:30pm 23rd May 2017)

The work of children's hospices, including Martin House in Boston Spa, is being praised by The Duchess of Cambridge.

She has recorded a personal video message as part of this year's Children's Hospice Week, which has the theme #UpTheVolume.

The campaign is highlighting the vital services which are provided for families affected by life-limiting conditions.


As part of the campaign, Martin House is encouraging people to 'go loud' and raise money to help maintain those services.

The charity is celebrating with art and music-themed activities at the hospice throughout the week.

Clair Holdsworth, Director of Care at Martin House, said: "The services we provide range from respite care, symptom control, emergency care and end-of-life care.

"But what that means to the families we care for is so much more. It can mean a good night's sleep for parents who normally have to be up several times a night with their child.

"It's a chance for children to create music and art with the help of our specialists, or to take trips out. It's giving families time to spend together making memories, while we take the strain of the complex care their child requires."

There is more information about the charity, including events and how to offer your support, at