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.
For further information about this release please contact:
Michael Jarvis | Press & media officer | (01842) 764556 | 07738 328058 |