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EACH receives thousands of pounds following Isleham One Day Event

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is thrilled to have received £6,000 from the organisers of Isleham One Day Event.

The competition back in March was the first of the British eventing calendar, proving a great success despite adverse weather leading up to it.

Among nearly 400 riders at Whitehall Farm Event Complex were Britain’s number one ranked horseman Ollie Townend and previous Grand Slam of Eventing winner Pippa Funnell.

One rider said: “As always the course was super, the ground absolutely amazing and the volunteers helpful and cheerful! There’s always a super atmosphere and we were lucky the sun came out on the Saturday, too. This is our third year running at Isleham and we’re never disappointed.”

As well as high class performances, spectators were able to enjoy trade stands and refreshments ranging from Italian coffee to sweet and savoury crepes.

Karen Newton, EACH Cambridgeshire Fundraising Manager, said: “Credit to the organisers for staging such a fantastic event for spectators as well as competitors, and thanks to them for choosing to support EACH.

“The money raised will help us continue care for children with life-threatening conditions across the region and support their families.”
EACH gives families the best in the worst possible situation and its services are currently accessed by 232 children, young people and family members in Cambridgeshire.

For more information go to www.each.org.uk
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Mayor of Ipswich pays a visit to The Treehouse ahead of volunteer
open evening

Mayor of Ipswich Cllr Roger Fern has paid a visit to The Treehouse run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Along with his consort granddaughter Ellie Griss and deputy town sergeant Andy Walsham, Cllr Fern toured the building, saw a siblings group enjoying Easter activities and met long-serving volunteers.

His look around came ahead of an open evening this Thursday, 20 April for people interested in helping raise money and awareness for EACH.

Cllr Fern said: “This was a very special visit to a very special place. Ellie and I enjoyed our tour of The Treehouse facilities and noted the kindness that emanates from EACH. We also met some wonderful volunteers and would urge anyone who thinks they would like to help to join them.”

EACH provides care for children with life-threatening conditions across the region, including 114 from The Treehouse, and supports their families.

For those accessing care and those who have been bereaved, the charity is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time.

Natasha Brame, EACH Suffolk Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator, said: “We really value the support of our volunteers, who provide an important link to the community and help raise the profile of EACH.

“Their work ranges from arranging fundraising events to organising public collections in towns and supermarkets, placing and maintain collection boxes, and circulating leaflets and awareness posters.

“Of course, the more people involved, the more vital money we can raise and the more we can spread the word of our service.”

EACH encourages anyone interested in becoming a volunteer to attend an information evening at The Treehouse from 5.30pm on Thursday.

Guests will be able to learn more about EACH and the activities of its volunteers, have a chat with existing volunteers and take a tour of the hospice.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to let Natasha know on 01473 276196.
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Excitement in Cherry Hinton as EACH opens new shop

A new East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) shop has been declared officially open in Cherry Hinton by mayor of Cambridge Cllr Jeremy Benstead and bereaved parent Nicky Massey.

Scores of bargain hunters turned out for the launch at 10am today, keen to get their hands on items of clothing donated to EACH by its Ambassador and singing sensation Ed Sheeran.
Lauren Seager, 13, was queuing from 8.30am. She was due to visit relative and Cherry Hinton resident Penny Haggarty for the Easter weekend, but came down from Stirling in Scotland a day early to browse the Ed items on offer.

Penny said: “Ed Sheeran’s been very, very nice [donating his clothes]. I thought it was absolutely amazing and I hope the shop does really well in Cherry Hinton.”

The new outlet, at the former Lloyds bank premises in High Street, is EACH’s third in Cambridgeshire and takes its total number of shops across the region to 23.

Nicky, who lives in Cambridge, said: “We are so lucky to have EACH close by and I’m thrilled the new EACH store is so close to where I live.

“I hope all the local residents visit the store, either shopping or donating items to help support the most amazing service we have for life-threatened children here in Cambridgeshire.”
Cllr Benstead said: “What a great morning this has been for the opening of this shop here in Cherry Hinton – it’s absolutely rammed! It’s a brilliant facility in a vibrant high street and I’m sure it’ll do very well. I’m really pleased to be here.”
The shop will offer the same range of high-quality goods customers of other EACH shops are used to, helping to fund the care and support of children and young people with life-threatening conditions and their families.

Sarah Throssell, EACH Retail Area Manager, said: “We’re thrilled to have opened our new shop in Cherry Hinton and really look forward to becoming part of the community. The till has been ringing since we opened the doors, with shoppers keen to pick up a piece of Ed’s clothing – we took £925 in the first hour!

“A big thank you to Cllr Benstead and Nicky for their parts in making today’s opening such a success, and also to Ed for his continued support of EACH.”

Those interested in buying an item of Ed’s clothing but who were unable to make today’s opening can log on to EACH’s eBay store via www.each.org.uk/ed-sheeran-auction, on which additional items will be up for auction until Sunday, 23rd April.

Sarah continued: “We’re confident the people of Cherry Hinton will now get behind our shop and help us continue our retail success. Please do get in touch if you have good quality items to donate or a few spare hours to volunteer.”

EACH is after donations of the following clean and good-quality goods to sell: clothing, bric-a-brac, modern paperbacks, toys, jewellery, DVDs/CDs, household linens, retro and vintage clothes and small electrical items.

The charity also needs donations of good-quality furniture and can collect it free of charge if you are unable to transport it yourself. You can contact its Retail Distribution Centre on 01842 821620 for more information.

To put into context the difference just a small donation to the shop can make to the vital work EACH does, here are some examples of what your donation could pay for:

- A top, skirt or pair of trousers worth £5 could pay for art supplies for a session of art therapy
- A tea set worth £10 could fund a nursing care kit
- A nice wedding hat or jacket worth £20 could pay for a support group for siblings
- An item of good-quality furniture or prom dress worth £35 could pay for an hour of specialist care.


If you would be interested in more information on volunteering at the new shop please give it a call on 01223 412604.
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EACH given more than £12,000 following sell-out concert

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has received a major boost to the tune of £12,392 following a sell-out concert.

The charity shared proceeds with Ely Cathedral after A Festival of Carols in December, which saw an audience of 1,100 enjoy a series of stunning performances by superstar soprano Laura Wright.

It was the sixth staging of the biennial event, which is organised by the Cambridgeshire Freemasons and has raised a total of more than £150,000 for good causes.

Laura was joined in performing by the choristers and gentlemen of Ely Cathedral Choir and The Ely Imps. There were also readings and poems by popular personalities from the county, while bereaved parent Claire Wright told how EACH had supported her family in their darkest hours.

Bill Dastur, the Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire Freemasons, said: “In celebrating our tercentenary, we were delighted that EACH should be such a deserving beneficiary with Ely Cathedral.

“It was a splendid evening capped off by a remarkable and moving story from Claire. We wish EACH well in its vital mission of support and comfort for Cambridgeshire families.”
The Very Reverend Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely, said: “As always it was a great pleasure to host A Festival of Carols and I’m thrilled that with the help of Cambridgeshire Freemasons such a splendid sum was raised for EACH, which does fantastic work in caring for children and their families at times of huge difficulty. We are delighted to be able to support all that they do.”

Karen Newton, EACH Cambridgeshire Fundraising Manager, said: “It was a pleasure to host members of the organising committee at our hospice. We’re truly grateful for this donation, which will make a big difference as we continue our vital work caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and supporting their families.”

For more information on EACH visit www.each.org.uk, for more on Ely Cathedral www.elycathedral.org and for more on Cambridgeshire Freemasons www.pglcambs.org.uk.
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Help a family make precious memories by
volunteering with EACH

Caring for a child with complex needs or a serious illness can be physically and emotionally draining.

It also takes a lot of time, which for families at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is often more precious than anything.

That is why the charity is appealing for volunteers, as part of its new EACH Help at Home service, to support families in their home environment.

Whether you could spend a couple of hours a week or even an hour a month washing or doing other household chores, particularly gardening, EACH wants to hear from you.
Among those to have benefited from the service so far are Sam and Mike Morley, who live in Ipswich with their children Cerys, 14, Rosanna, 12, and Euan, nine. They are visited by Sarah Davey, who spends two hours with the family every Monday.

Euan has been benefiting from use of The Treehouse – EACH’s hospice in Ipswich – since being diagnosed with a rare degenerative and life-threatening neurological condition in December 2013.

Sam said: “Having the time and energy to be together as a family is really important, but there are always so many things to get done as well as the day-to-day care needs of our son.
“Having a family volunteer to help keep on top of the housework frees up some of our time, which we can use to make precious memories.”

Sarah, 38, from Ipswich, helps the family in between studying on a health and social care course.

She said: “It’s really nice that I’m doing something worthwhile and that my two hours a week makes a difference to the family so they can spend some quality time together.”

Also pleased with the service are Karen and Justin Maude, who live in Colchester with their two sons and seven-year-old Cara. The family receives weekly visits of two-and-a-half to three hours from Clare Kendrick Robinson.
Cara has a rare metabolic condition that means she can’t break down fat and having too much in her diet would be poisonous for her. Since August 2015 she has been an inpatient at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she has had her pancreas removed due to chronic pancreatitis – when the organ becomes permanently damaged from inflammation. She is currently recovering after a secondary operation and working towards returning home in March.

Karen said: “EACH Help at Home is a huge help to our family, especially me. For any mother-of-three life is a juggle, but when one of your children is medically complex and has been a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital for over a year, there are many more demands on your time.

“I spend most of the week in London looking after my daughter. Knowing that someone will come in weekly to clean for a few hours takes one worry away and allows me more time to focus on my other children when I get home. It also takes the pressure off my mother who wants to help me and keeps our house functioning when I’m in London. The service provides a lifeline for our family and we are very grateful to Clare and EACH.”

Clare, 62, from Wivenhoe, was an education professional working with children with additional needs until she retired two years ago.

She went on to become involved with a film club and an arts centre but wanted to once again do something to help others in challenging circumstances.

She said: “I was aware when I started work with the family that it would be really useful for them to know that the work I do would get done regularly - but what I really hadn't realised was just how rewarding it would prove to be for me.

“I get so much pleasure driving away after each visit knowing how much of a difference it makes to the mother that she doesn't any longer have to worry about getting the house cleaned.

“Experiencing the situation the whole family, including grandparents, lives with everyday has also been thought-provoking - helping me to be able to put some of my own concerns into perspective.

“I am looking forward to continuing work with the family in the future and would urge anyone with any amount of spare time, however little, to seriously consider becoming a volunteer – it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!”

Hugh Fenton-Anwyll, EACH Volunteer Manager, coordinates the service and is on the hunt for more volunteers.

He said: “EACH Help at Home has been hugely beneficial to families across Suffolk and North Essex.
“We currently support more than 100 children in the area and as more than half our care is delivered in family homes, we have a lot of families who could benefit from the generosity of a volunteer.

“At the moment we have a lot of families asking for gardeners so anyone who can turn their hand to cutting grass or pruning bushes would be particularly welcome!”

Anyone who may be interested should contact Hugh for more details on 01473 271334.
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Children with life-threatening conditions
and their families treated to
ice skating and pantomime
by Norwich businesses

Children, young people and their families who receive care and support from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Quidenham have recently benefited from the generosity of two Norwich businesses.

Kettle Foods, in Barnard Road, paid for two hours’ exclusive use of the ice skating rink at Castle Museum.

EACH took a party of 46 and all, including those in wheelchairs, enjoyed being on the ice.

The event was a great sensory experience for children and young people with complex needs as there were twinkling lights and the sounds of ice skates on top of the general atmosphere created by families.

Children also went to see Jack and the Beanstalk at Norwich Theatre Royal, with 40 tickets paid for by Willow Lane legal practice Rogers and Norton.

In advance of the performance, the young people were invited for a tea party with cast members. Members of staff from Rogers and Norton also went along to give out goody bags and teddy bears.

Practice manager Graham Knights said: “These young people are going through such a tough time. With the help of the cast and theatre staff, it’s so nice to give them a smile and lots of entertainment.”

Both Kettle Foods and Rogers and Norton are currently raising money for EACH via the nook business network, which encourages companies to sign up to raising either £10,000, £15,000 or £25,000 over the duration of the nook appeal in return for a number of benefits and support from the charity.

The nook appeal is EACH’s £10 million campaign to transform palliative care in Norfolk, including the building of a new hospice.

For more information visit www.each.org.uk/the-nook/get-involved.
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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH hospice in QuidenhamEast Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) was delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to its Quidenham hospice earlier today, with the charity’s Royal Patron seeing for herself why the nook appeal – which she helped launch in 2014 – is so vital.

The Duchess was greeted by some 40 flag-waving children from local primary schools, before being introduced to dignitaries and given a posy by four-year-old Nell Cork, whose brother Finnbar received care at Quidenham before sadly dying in August last year (family stories attached).

Her Royal Highness was then taken on a tour of the hospice by EACH Service Manager Jane Campbell, observing Isabella Benton and Amy Hewett, both six, and Bradley Jackson, 11, taking part in an art therapy session, as well as Paige Scott, four, using sensory equipment. She also took time to meet each child’s family, including Finnbar’s.

The Duchess spent the second half of her visit talking to staff and volunteers who work at Quidenham as they updated her on the nook appeal and EACH’s urgent need to raise funds.

The appeal aims to raise £10 million for a new purpose-built hospice – which will be known as the nook - at a five-acre site in Framingham Earl.

EACH’s current Norfolk hospice was opened in 1991 and, due to the increasing numbers of children with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs visiting Quidenham, the hospice has now outgrown its current site.

The new hospice, closer to the centre of the county, will help to provide more families with the same facilities as those offered by the charity’s hospices for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.

EACH Chief Executive Graham Butland said: “It was a pleasure for everyone at EACH to greet Her Royal Highness once again, on what was her first visit to our site in Quidenham.

“The Duchess was given a really good insight into the difficulties our staff and volunteers face as a result of Quidenham having outgrown its home, and the huge difference a purpose-built modern hospice will make to the care they can provide to so many families.

“The nook appeal will transform children’s palliative care across Norfolk and we’ve so far secured close to £5 million.
“We still have some way to go before the new hospice can be built, though, and we need continued help from individuals, trusts and events, and as much corporate and community support as possible.”

Since becoming Royal Patron in 2012, The Duchess of Cambridge has played a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of children’s hospice services across East Anglia and the rest of the UK.

She supported EACH last year by opening its shop in Holt and by attending a gala dinner at Houghton Hall, in addition to providing written messages of support on two occasions.

EACH provides care and support for more than 750 children, young people and family members across the region, with 346 currently using its Quidenham hospice.

To support the nook appeal visit www.each.org.uk/the-nook
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New EACH shop coming to Halesworth!

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is excited to announce the first addition to its retail portfolio of 2017.

The charity has acquired a shop in Halesworth, at The Old Creamery in Angel Link, which will be opened on Friday, 3 March by internationally-renowned artist Lucy Loveheart.

It will offer the same range of high-quality goods customers of EACH’s 21 other shops across the region are used to, helping to fund the care and support of children and young people with life-threatening conditions and their families.

It will also be the first EACH shop to feature a purpose-built area for children, with an activity table and areas to relax in and play whilst parents browse the shelves.

The kids’ corner will feature a print designed and produced by Lucy, who will also decorate some of the wall space.

Norfolk-based Lucy is a staunch supporter of EACH, having helped organise its LoveArt competition last year and designed two exclusive Christmas cards.

She said: “I’m very excited to be involved in creating a new concept at EACH’s latest shop in Halesworth.

“EACH approached me to help create a kids’ corner and I was more than happy to offer my creative support to make this something fun and appealing to children.

“When they asked me to also open the shop on 3 March I was delighted to agree as it will give me the chance to see it all come together.”

Last year EACH opened shops in Bungay, Unthank Road in Norwich, Holt, Ipswich and Leiston. It is now aiming to boost its presence in high streets across the region by eight shops per year.

Tony Grimmer, EACH Retail Area Manager, said: “We’re delighted that plans are now well under way to extend our retail offering to Halesworth. The signs are up on the new premises and we hope lots of people will recognise the EACH brand from our other shops and the work we do in the community.

“What’s particularly exciting about this is the addition of our first ever kids’ corner. We’re so pleased Lucy agreed to offer her creative touch and it’s fitting that she should be opening the shop.

“As ever when we open new shops, we’re on the look out for good-quality donations and volunteers to help us become successful.”

EACH is after donations of the following clean and good-quality goods to sell: clothing, bric-a-brac, modern paperbacks, toys, jewellery, DVDs/CDs, household linens, retro and vintage clothes and small electrical items. These can be dropped off at the new shop from Thursday, 2 March.

The charity also needs donations of good-quality furniture and can collect it free of charge if you are unable to transport it yourself. You can contact its Retail Distribution Centre on 01842 821620 for more information.

To put into context the difference just a small donation to the shop can make to the vital work EACH does, here are some examples of what your donation could pay for:

- A top, skirt or pair of trousers worth £5 could pay for art supplies for a session of art therapy
- A tea set worth £10 could fund a nursing care kit
- A nice wedding hat or jacket worth £20 could pay for a support group for siblings
- An item of good-quality furniture or prom dress worth £35 could pay for an hour of specialist care.

In the past financial year EACH shops generated an impressive profit of more than £700,000, which all goes towards helping local families make the most of their precious time together.

If you would be interested in more information on volunteering at the new shop please contact Tony by email or call 07597 089424.
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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to visit
EACH hospice in Quidenham

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Royal Patron, will visit the charity’s Quidenham hospice on Tuesday, 24 January to see for herself why the nook appeal – which she helped launch in 2014 – is so vital.

The Duchess will tour the hospice and meet with children, young people and families as they take part in an art therapy session and use equipment in the sensory room.

She will also spend time with the staff and volunteers who work at Quidenham as they update Her Royal Highness on the nook appeal and EACH’s urgent need to raise funds.

The appeal aims to raise £10 million for a new purpose-built hospice – which will be known as the nook - at a five-acre site in Framingham Earl.

EACH’s current Norfolk hospice was opened in 1991 and, due to the increasing numbers of children with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs visiting Quidenham, the hospice has now outgrown its current site.

The new hospice, closer to the centre of the county, will help to provide more families with the same facilities as those offered by the charity’s hospices for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.

EACH Chief Executive Graham Butland said: “We are very much looking forward to greeting Her Royal Highness once again, on what will be her first visit to our site in Quidenham.

"The Duchess will meet our fantastic staff and volunteers at Quidenham who work tirelessly with children and their families needing our services. They'll explain the difficulties they face as Quidenham has outgrown its home, and the huge difference a purpose-built modern hospice will make to the care they can provide to so many families.

“The nook appeal will transform children’s palliative care across Norfolk and we are moving ever closer to the halfway mark of £5 million.

“We still have some way to go before the new hospice can be built, though, and we need continued help from individuals, trusts and events, and as much corporate and community support as possible.”

Since becoming Royal Patron in 2012, The Duchess of Cambridge has played a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of children’s hospice services across East Anglia and the rest of the UK.

She supported EACH last year by opening its shop in Holt and by attending a gala dinner at Houghton Hall, in addition to providing written messages of support on two separate occasions.

EACH provides care and support for more than 750 children, young people and family members across the region, with 346 currently using its Quidenham hospice.

To support the nook appeal visit www.each.org.uk/the-nook
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Welcome boost for library at Ipswich children’s hospice

A book provider and nursery from Ipswich have teamed up for a second consecutive year to donate a selection of books to the town’s children’s hospice.

Ipswich Private Kindergarten (IPK) and Hart’s Brilliant Books joined forces to take part in a sponsored reading event in October, with the event raising an impressive £600.

Children at IPK received £221 worth of books while the other £379 worth of books went to The Treehouse, run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in St Augustine’s Gardens. In addition, Hart’s Brilliant Books has donated £360 worth of books to IPK.

Charlotte Hart, of Hart’s Brilliant Books, said: “I’m so proud to be able to be involved with a fundraising event that benefits children's literacy at home and nursery and to bring a little bit of happiness to those at The Treehouse.”

Jacqui Mayes, of IPK, said: “It has been a pleasure for the staff and families of IPK to be involved in this event, which has not only supported a great cause but also been a brilliant opportunity to raise the importance of sharing books with children of all ages.”

EACH cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia and supports their families. For both families accessing care and those who have been bereaved, EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time.

Daniel Brand, Activities Assistant at The Treehouse, said: “We’ve received a great range of books suitable for use by our children, many of whom have specific care needs, as well as their siblings. They will definitely help make a real difference to the work we do and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved with the sponsored reading event.”

For more information on Hart’s Brilliant Books visit www.hartsbrilliantbooks.co.uk, for more on IPK go to http://ipswich-private-kindergarten.co.uk and for more about EACH visit www.each.org.uk.
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​​​​​​​Ipswich Christmas pantomime stars pay a visit to children’s hospice

Ipswich Christmas pantomime stars pay a visit to children’s hospice

Stars of Regent Theatre’s Christmas pantomime took time out from performing on Saturday (31 December) to spread some New Year cheer at a nearby children’s hospice.

Any Dream Will Do runner-up Keith Jack, CBBC’s Ella Gilling and Town 102 radio presenter Wayne Bavin all visited The Treehouse in St Augustine’s Gardens, which is run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

They were joined by some of their fellow actors and actresses whose performances of Sleeping Beauty, between 17 December and 2 January, have raised money for the good cause – altogether somewhere in the region of £5,000.

Natasha Brame, EACH Suffolk Assistant Fundraiser, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the cast of Sleeping Beauty for taking the time to visit those we support. There was definitely a sense of excitement as they wandered round the hospice and a lot of smiling faces!

“We also greatly appreciate being allowed to benefit from collections at their shows. The financial backing will help us to continue providing our vital services, including short-break care, end-of-life care and bereavement support.”

EACH currently cares for 110 children and young people at The Treehouse, as well as supporting 87 family members.

For more information about the charity, go to www.each.org.uk.
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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is delighted to have been chosen as your charity of the year for 2017.

EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child or young person and their family.

We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies; at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton, in Cambridge, Quidenham, in Norfolk, and The Treehouse, in Ipswich. More than half of our care and support is delivered in the family home and community, in surroundings familiar and comfortable for the family.

Our hospices aren’t just about end of life care; they’re often very happy and fun places, where young people can live life to their full potential. They are places where families feel safe, at home and where they can spend quality time together, enabling parents to be parents not caregivers. When time is short, we help families make the most of their precious time together and create memories that last forever.
We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation, and provide our specialist medical and emotional support completely free of charge. We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and every year need to raise more than £5 million from fundraising and £2.5 million from our shops. We also need to raise £10 million to develop our hospice services in Norfolk, including a new hospice. The more funds we have, the bigger difference we can make to local children and families.

In the darkest and most painful of times, we’re able to give families the best in the worst possible situation. For those accessing care and those who have been bereaved, EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time.

There are nearly 2,000 children and young people in the East of England living with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition who may require an aspect of our service. Currently, we support 351 and provide face-to-face wellbeing support for 417 family members.

We know we make a difference because families tell us.

A family whose child received care at the end of their life said: “The care of our family was exceptional. Staff answered all our questions immediately and we were kept well informed every step of the way. Staff were truthful, even when we asked ‘how long’ as we knew it was an unknown, they were honest with us. Staff explained all the medical equipment and how his pain was being managed. Our expectations were met and more. It’s an excellent service.”

EACH is very much looking forward to informing you about the latest goings on. For information between our EOE updates, please visit our website at www.each.org.uk.
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The East Anglian Air Ambulance is EOE's 2016 chosen Charity!

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EAAA Annual Roadshow
comes to Suffolk

East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA) recently held its Annual Roadshow in Suffolk on Thursday 24 November, the first time the charity’s annual meetings have been held across the four counties we serve.

The evening was attended by local members of the community, charity staff and former patients from the area. Starting with a welcome speech from Patrick Peal, Chief Executive Officer, the audience were presented with a breakdown of the charity’s work over the last year. This was followed Director of Operations, Matthew Jones, discussing the work of the clinical team and how the charity measures its work. Former patient Mark Warren shared his experience of when the air ambulance attended him after his kite surfing incident.

Patrick Peal, Chief Executive Officer, said “Together we save lives, so it is important that we show the people of Suffolk how we are developing and what we need their support for. We have been working incredibly hard to improve our service, whether that means reducing the time it takes for the helicopter to launch, or looking for ways to save costs in the daily running of the charity. I am incredibly proud of the EAAA team and feel privileged to be able to share what we do with the people of East Anglia.”

The charity operates 365 days a year from our bases in Norwich and Cambridge, covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Each helicopter has one Doctor, one critical-care paramedic and two pilots. Our Cambridge based helicopter, Anglia Two is capable of flying at night.

If you would like to learn more about EAAA, how to get involved or our governance, please visit www.eaaa.org.uk

For more information on the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit www.eaaa.org.uk or call 08450 669 999. You can also follow us on Twitter at @EastAngliAirAmb or ‘like’ our Facebook page – East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity.
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EAAA take home three awards from Association of Air Ambulance Awards
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has won three awards at the National Association of Air Ambulance Awards for Excellence.

The awards, held in London on 14 November, celebrated the lifesaving work carried out by air ambulance charities across the country and honoured those who have made an exemplary contribution to the work of their charities.

Pilot of the Year - Captain Steve Norris
Steve, 50 from Norwich, has worked with EAAA for 10 years and has shown an enormous amount of dedication and commitment to his role as a HEMS pilot. Working with our clinical teams and fundraisers, Steve has shown that he is always willing to help, no matter how big or small the task. Steve is also a very experienced pilot.

Steve said “Thank you to all of the charity and supporters who allow us to operate the air ambulance. Even after ten years of doing the job I still look forward to going to work each morning. It is also a lovely feeling at the end of the day to know we've helped someone out in their hour of need.”

Volunteer of the Year - Jamie Edghill
Jamie, 73 from Cromer, Norfolk, became a volunteer for EAAA over twelve years ago when he retired having had a long career with the fire service. He began his journey with EAAA as a collection box volunteer, which he continues to do. He also visits local schools to educate children and young people about the vital work of the emergency services and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. He has raised over £600,000 for the charity since becoming a volunteer.

Jamie said “I feel very honoured to receive this award for something I really enjoy doing. Over the years I have made many friends raising money for this life saving charity. I am most grateful to everyone who helped with this nomination.”

Lifetime Achievement Award - Alastair Wilson
EAAA Medical Director, Alastair, 68 from Great Massingham, Norfolk was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in honour of his continued work with air ambulances both in the UK and further afield. He was pivotal in the creation of the London Air Ambulance, the first in the country, and worked for nearly 30 years in an active HEMS role. He has been the EAAA Medical Director since 2014, as well as being an incredibly skilled surgeon and well respected by all his colleagues.

Alastair said “I was utterly shocked to receive this award. I had no idea my colleagues had nominated me. It’s an honour, but my work is certainly not finished yet!”

Patrick Peal, Chief Executive Officer, said “I am incredibly proud of EAAA. These three gentlemen are great examples of the dedication, commitment and passion shown by all of our staff every day. We are so grateful to have people who go above and beyond the call of duty for what they believe in, who share their passion for innovation and quality with us.”

For more information on the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit www.eaaa.org.uk or call 08450 669 999.
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National Air Ambulance Week

Air Ambulance charities across the country are once again coming together to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which takes place between 19- 25 September 2016.

NAAW is an initiative created by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) and celebrates the work of local air ambulance charities, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to promote their work locally.

Together, the UK’s air ambulance charities raise £120 million a year, operate 37 helicopters, have a volunteer network of over 2,500 people and are one of the most exciting and innovative group of organisations in the UK.

With many investing funds to expand their operations, increasing operating hours to provide night HEMS (helicopter emergency medical services) missions, upgrading to larger aircrafts, increasing medical capabilities with the carriage of blood products and investing in the advanced education and training of their paramedics and doctors, there is no better time to show your support. EAAA was the first in the UK to fly night time HEMS missions and has recently taken delivery of two H145 helicopters with their greater endurance and capabilities. Our doctor critical care paramedic team help to ensure the very best outcome for patients.

This year, the East Anglian Air Ambulance will be releasing a series of short films to demonstrate how the Charity relies on many different people to keep its lifesaving service in operation.

Chief Executive, Patrick Peal said, “National Air Ambulance Week has now become a regular feature on people’s event calendars and there are so many different ways that people can get involved. Some of our supporters hold dress down days at school or work and others organise events or set themselves a challenge and ask their friends to sponsor them. So, you can see there are many different ways that you can get involved.”

Clive Dickin National Director of the AAA said, “The number of incidents where the skills of an air ambulance team are needed is rapidly increasing, as is the number of serious road traffic incidents which involve multiple casualties. This means that more than one air ambulance is often tasked to the scene of an incident. With borderless tasking and mutual aid playing a significant role in benefitting patients, we must build on this collaborative approach and continue thinking about the level of care required should we be faced with a significant major incident or terrorist attack.

“National Air Ambulance Week (#NAAW2016) is the ideal time to show support for your local air ambulance. Many of the charities hold fundraising events during this time whilst others use the date to highlight and promote the incredible work they do in the community. To find out how you can get involved, please contact your local charity or visit their website and social media channels.”

For more information on the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit www.eaaa.org.uk or call 08450 669 999. You can also follow us on Twitter at @EastAngliAirAmb or ‘like’ our Facebook page – East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity.
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Norfolk Superhero challenge in aid of EAAA

The annual Norfolk Superhero Challenge will take place on Saturday 25 June. This year, the organisers chose East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) as their Charity and are aiming to raise £50,000 for the lifesaving Charity.

Starting and finishing at Burnham Overy Staithe, the challenge isn’t for the faint-hearted. It starts with a one-mile swim and four-mile kayak followed by a 45-mile cycle and finishes with a 8-mile run.

In its tenth year and growing in popularity, 200 people are taking part in teams of two and all entrants must raise at least £150 for EAAA, with some gold bond runners raising £1500.

Sophie Emmanuel, EAAA Area Fundraising Officer, said: “We are delighted to be the chosen Charity to benefit from people taking on the Norfolk Superhero Challenge. The money raised will help us purchase baby packs for our crew to take on lifesaving missions.”

For more information on the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit www.eaaa.org.uk or call 08450 669 999.
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Royal Norfolk Polo Club hosts EAAA Polo lesson
The Royal Norfolk Polo Club will host its annual Polo Festival in aid of the
East Anglian Air Ambulance on the 18th and 19th June 2016.


To raise awareness of the event, EAAA’s Dr Vicky Smith and PR Manager, Jilly Hurley were given a polo lesson at the club by professional player, Tom Dalton-Morgan. Dr Smith said: ‘It was wonderful to have the opportunity to have a polo lesson from such an experienced player in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Norfolk Polo Club. We learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed the day from start to finish! I am very much looking forward to the EAAA Polo Festival in June and hope to have another lesson soon’.

Now in its sixth year, and firmly established in the EAAA social calendar, the Norfolk Polo Festival is a great day out for all the family. There are VIP marquee tickets with private lawns and silver service or you can take advantage of the great value £10 general admission price (children go free). There are 4 Polo matches each day including the competitive counties cup, free children’s entertainment, exclusive shopping, great food and a bar as well as a free after party from 7pm on Saturday night in the VIP marquee.

Visit the festival on Sunday 19 June for a special Father’s Day treat and the only opportunity this year to get up close to the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s newest H145 in Norfolk.

Chris said: “We are delighted to be hosting our sixth Norfolk Polo Festival in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. We have seen the Charity’s life-saving work first-hand when a friend suffered an accident, and so we wanted to help raise much-needed funds to keep the Charity flying. The Polo Festival is a great family day out and we hope that people will join us from across the region to support EAAA and enjoy some great polo”.
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The East Anglian Air Ambulance is

EOE's 2016 chosen Charity!

​Dear EOE Readers,

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is
a 365 day-a-year lifesaving service working across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Since the Charity’s launch in 2000, the dedicated, highly skilled medical crews on our specially equipped helicopters
have helped to save the lives of hundreds of people unfortunate enough to be involved in accidents or medical emergencies in this region. This Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), has a doctor and a critical-care paramedic on board, who have specialist training to give advanced pre-hospital care to patients at the scene of an accident or medical incident. The East Anglian Air Ambulance is a Charity and receives no direct government funding. EAAA has to raise £10.2 million a year to maintain the lifesaving service. This is raised largely through local community fundraising. We are absolutely delighted to be EOE’s Charity of Year and are very much looking forward to the year ahead.


2015 was EAAA’s 15th anniversary year, it was also the year that brings one of the most significant advancements in the Charity’s history: the arrival of the EC145 T2 helicopter. Much larger than the current aircraft, it can carry enough fuel to fly for over two hours, with a range of 300 nautical miles (335 miles). Extending the reach and effectiveness of the EAAA medical teams enables the Charity to play a leading role in training the next generation of pre-hospital clinicians.

The first of the new helicopters will be based at the Cambridge base, but thanks to funding from the LIBOR fines fund, the EAAA will be getting another EC145 T2 in Norwich early next year.

For more information about the East Anglian Air Ambulance, please visit the website.
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EOE Charity of the YearPets As Therapy is EOE's 2015 chosen Charity!

Dear EOE readers

Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983.

We enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. We provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.

Our therapeutic visits:
• Enhance lives in our communities by providing companionship and friendship and
helps to tackle loneliness.

• Improves the lives of people suffering from debilitating mental and physical health conditions and illnesses such as strokes and dementia by including animal assisted interventions as part of a holistic approach to treatment.

• Improves literacy in children by developing their confidence, interest and enjoyment in reading.



Pets As Therapy Just Giving Page
Pets As Therapy Official Website





Cheryl Tissot
Operations Manager & Deputy CEO
01844 345445
Registered Charity no: no: 1112194 Scotland SCO38910
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EOE will also be following the progress of 12 month old Lucky, (dog of Pippa, daughter of EOE's founders), as he applies to become a PAT dog!

On the 22nd April 2015, an information pack was applied for, at present the application process is approx 8-12 weeks. However the charity is currently in the process of implementing a new state of the art system which will revolutionise the application process and cut the waiting time down from 8-12 weeks to just 2 weeks. This is due to be launched in the Summer along with a new modern Pets As Therapy brand!
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Luckys PAT Assessment

13th May 2015, Lucky had his PAT assessment in a field, he was rather excited to meet the assessor. Once settled though, Lucky seemed to enjoy the whole experience and take it all in his stride.
We now just have to wait for the results to come back, to see if he has passed or failed!?!
Watch this space to find out how he did...
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Luckys PAT Assessment Results

1st October 2015, Lucky had his PAT assessment results....
Unfortunately Lucky did not quite reach the very high standard that is required of all PAT dogs. They have asked that he is re assessed in around 6 months time when he has matured a little more. "With further training to help Lucky not to jump up (which would be unacceptable in a PAT dog), they felt sure that he would make the grade."

However, we have since decided this is NOT meant for Lucky, his middle name is 'LICKY', as he LOVES to lick, and licking is not acceptable for PAT dogs either, he has since learnt not to jump up though.

Over the Summer Lucky did however come third in the Most Handsomest Dog out of about twenty at a very busy dog show run by Developing Dogs, so maybe he is best suited to Showing!?!
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EOE's Chosen Charity
of the Year 2013/14

“I was told that I had cancer in the bone of my right leg. It all seemed to happen so fast… being told, going into hospital and starting chemotherapy. I’m at home now and I love it because it feels like life is normal again. 

I’m lucky I’ve got a CLIC Sargent Nurse but not everyone has a nurse like mine, but it would be brilliant if they could”      

Sophia, aged 13


Dear EOE readers

CLIC Sargent is delighted that EOE has chosen to support the charity during 2013, and will continue during 2014.

I am writing to ask if readers would kindly give consideration to choosing CLIC Sargent to benefit from their company’s fundraising.

Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience and the emotional, practical and financial implications of treatment are intensely challenging for the whole family.

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. We are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.

It costs CLIC Sargent around £3750 to support each family through treatment and we rely solely on voluntary donations to be able to do this.

Currently we are only able to support 2 out of every 3 families which is why we are asking for your help.

I very much hope that you will offer your support and hope we can work together to make a difference to the life of a child with cancer and their family.

Karen Roberts
Area Fundraising Manager
01284 829090
EMAIL WEBSITE
Registered Charity no: 1107328 and registered in Scotland (SCO39857)
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Inspirational features from people in the region


Click HERE to read East Of England Online's A day in the life of Karen Roberts, Fundraiser for CLIC Sargent!
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