663 Squadron to run Colchester Half Marathon for EACH

663 Squadron to run Colchester Half Marathon for EACH

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Members of 663 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps have visited The Treehouse in Ipswich ahead of running the Colchester Half Marathon in March.

The servicemen and women from Wattisham Airfield had a tour of the hospice run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

A total of 37 will take on the Colchester Half Marathon in March to raise money for the charity.

Shaun, a Squadron Staff Sergeant, said: “Our visit to EACH’s Treehouse has been a humbling experience, being able to see such an amazing facility staffed by some truly exceptional people providing much-needed care and support for families. We’re proud to have so many members of the squadron group not only volunteer to run the Colchester Half Marathon, but also support the event in other ways to raise money and awareness for such a worthy cause.”

Shaun will be supporting EACH by running the Barcelona Marathon just two weeks before the Colchester Half Marathon, too.

Natasha Brame, EACH Suffolk Community Fundraiser, said: “It was fantastic to have so many servicemen and women from Wattisham Airfield visit us for a tour of The Treehouse. We’re really looking forward to cheering them on at the Colchester Half Marathon and encourage anyone else with a place to consider running for EACH. We need to raise almost £6 million a year to fund our vital service, so support from communities across Suffolk is crucial.”

EACH cares for 120 children and young people with life-threatening conditions in Suffolk, as well as supporting 120 family members, and reaches hundreds more across the rest of East Anglia. For more information visit www.each.org.uk.

To back the marathon efforts of 663 Squadron, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/663.


Notes to Editors

Attack Helicopter Force (AH Force) is based at Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk and operates the potent Apache attack helicopter, which entered service with the British Army in 2001.

3 and 4 Regiments Army Air Corps fly the Apache, with second line maintenance provided by 7 Aviation Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

AH Force is part of Joint Helicopter Command, which brings together helicopter forces from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF.

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • 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 (Cambridge), Quidenham (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • 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, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and each 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.
  • EACH Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call the Cambridgeshire fundraising office on 01473 917965.
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For further information about this release please contact:
Michael Jarvis | Press & media officer | (01842) 764556 | 07738 328058 |

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  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB


Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH