A WEST Dunbartonshire charity has welcomed a royal message released as part of Children’s Hospice Week.

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), welcomed the warm words from Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The charity, which runs Robin House in Balloch, offers respite and end of life care for children suffering from terminal illnesses.

In her message, to mark a celebration of the work done by charities like CHAS, the Duchess of Cambridge said: “Children’s hospices provide vital sanctuaries for those experiencing the very toughest of times.

“They help families and carers build lifelong memories that are poignant, happy and often filled with laughter.

They provide a lifeline to children and families for however long support is needed and I hope that others join me in thanking them as we shine a light on their work during Children's Hospice Week.”

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In response, CHAS chief executive Maria McGill said: “We’re delighted that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to raise awareness of services like CHAS by marking Children’s Hospice Week 2019.

“Children and families across Scotland need and value support at the hardest time in their lives and we are there to help in any way we can.

“Right now, three children die every week in Scotland of a life-shortening condition and we want to reach them all.

“Our staff and volunteers work across our hospices, in family homes and hospitals across Scotland.

“The Duchess’s support is invaluable in helping us raise awareness of our services and we’d like to thank her.”