An exclusive performance from international superstar Ed Sheeran has left charity supporters on a real high as East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) celebrated their inaugural EACH Gala Dinner last night (Wednesday 30th November).
The Hintz Hall at London’s Natural History Museum provided the perfect setting for the elegant evening that raised valuable funds for the EACH nook appeal.
More than 350 guests travelled from across the country to attend and support the event – celebrating the work of EACH, and hearing more about this vital appeal to deliver even better care to even more families in Norfolk.
EACH provides vital services caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia and supporting their families. The nook appeal is their campaign to raise £10 million to transform children’s palliative care across Norfolk, including building a new hospice called the nook.
The special evening was hosted by EACH Vice President, Sir Martyn Lewis CBE and saw guests treated to a three course gourmet meal, charity auction, as well as stories from two families who benefit from the charity’s services. The pinnacle of the night was an exclusive performance from EACH Ambassador Ed Sheeran who treated the crowd to a 40 minute acoustic set.
A host on exclusive auction prizes were up for grabs, with one group paying £7,000 for a selfie with Ed on stage as he began his set.
At the end of the evening EACH announced that the total raised throughout the evening stands at £262,000 with pledges still coming in.
Graham Butland, EACH Chief Executive, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support and success of our first EACH Gala Dinner. It truly was a spectacular evening, hosted impeccably by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE. Special thanks must go to our Ambassador Ed Sheeran for his performance. Ed has been an EACH Ambassador since 2014 and has shown us tremendous support in that time. We are so very grateful for him to taking the time to make this evening such a huge success and for his continued support.
“We’re thrilled with the amount secured this evening, both through ticket sales, our on the night auction and pledges. I would like to thank our event sponsors The New Homes Group, everyone who generously donated items for our auction and of course everyone who came along to support the evening.
“Fundraising for our nook appeal is going well but there is still plenty of work to be done. We are well on our way to reaching the halfway point of our target and look forward to announcing that milestone soon. It’s a good start, but we still need your support to make our vision of providing a 21st century building for 21st century care a reality for Norfolk families.”
Before the evening Ed showed his support for the event by saying: “As an Ambassador of EACH, I am enormously proud and excited to be joining them for their Gala Dinner Event. I’m looking forward to performing and being part of what will be a wonderful evening of fundraising for a new hospice in Norfolk”
The nook appeal was officially launched on 25th November 2014 in the presence of EACH’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. The Gala Dinner featured a message from The Duchess, which was shared with guests on the night:
“Good evening everyone and thank you all so much for supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, a wonderful organisation of which I am incredibly proud to be Patron.
“It has only been two years since I had the privilege of attending the launch of The Nook Appeal in Norwich and I am delighted to hear fundraising is going well. Congratulations to you all.
“EACH delivers exceptional care and support across East Anglia and The Nook is vital for their vision of further transforming children’s palliative care in Norfolk. Not only will The Nook be a very special place to receive care, it will become a central hub from which the specialist team can co-ordinate, develop and deliver vital services in hundreds of family homes. I am in no doubt The Nook will make a huge difference to thousands of children and families for many years to come.
“I do hope you all have an enjoyable evening and are able to continue helping EACH move ever closer to achieving their vision. Thank you again for your support.”
The Duchess became Royal Patron of EACH in January 2012 and has provided the charity with many great benefits, including raising awareness and understanding of children’s hospice services across the UK.
Graham continued: “We are extremely proud to have The Duchess as Royal Patron. Her Royal Highness has shown great dedication to the role, raising awareness and understanding of our services and we’re incredibly grateful for all the support the charity has received.”
The nook appeal is vital to allow EACH to develop their services for families in Norfolk. They have outgrown their current hospice in Quidenham, due to the changing and more complex needs of the children and young people they care for and the increased demand for their services. The building at Quidenham is old, with limited access given it’s rural location and has no scope for expansion.
The nook will be purpose-built on a five-acre woodland site just south of Norwich, providing vastly improved transport links. The new building will be a central hub, serving families across the county with specialist care both in the hospice, the family home and the community. EACH will be able to offer services which are either currently unavailable or extremely limited at Quidenham such as a hydrotherapy pool, music studio, large rooms for on-site family support groups and larger and more accessible outside space for children to explore and play. The new site will provide much more space so events which are currently held off site, such as sibling and family days, will be able to take place at the hospice.
The EACH Gala Dinner was kindly sponsored by The New Homes Group, who are great supporters of the charity. The group have recently pledged further support; making a hugely generous gift of £77,000 – which will fund the entire cost of a fully equipped en-suite family room at the nook. Everyone at EACH would like to thank them for their continued support.
For more information on the EACH Gala Dinner please visit www.each.org.uk/gala-dinner.
Images from the evening are available on request or via the Press Association.
Notes to Editors
• The nook appeal is our vision to transform children’s palliative care for Norfolk.
• Our Quidenham hospice has been an incredible home-from-home for almost 25 years, but we’ve outgrown the building. We need a purpose-built facility to meet the increased demand for our services and the changing and more complex needs of the children and young people we care for.
• We can’t develop the building more than we already have. Accessibility is really limited and there isn’t scope to expand.
• We’re unable to provide the same facilities in Norfolk as we do for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk. Norfolk needs a 21st century building to benefit from 21st century care.
• We have planning permission for a 5-acre woodland site in Framingham Earl, five miles south of Norwich and closer to the centre of the county, local services, hospitals and road networks. The majority of families and staff will travel shorter distances to receive and deliver care.
• The nook will offer services unavailable or extremely limited at Quidenham, including:
- a far larger care area, all on a single floor
- more areas for clinical care and improved medical and nursing equipment
- fantastic activity areas for arts, crafts and play
- a hydrotherapy pool – something we don’t have the space for at Quidenham
- a large state-of-the-art sensory room
- a special quiet haven area for families
- dedicated therapy rooms and music studio
- larger and better equipped en-suite bedrooms for children and young people
- en-suite family accommodation rooms
- far more outside space for children to safely explore and play
- and facilities for family support groups, counselling, therapies and activities.
• We need to raise £10 million to make our vision a reality, while continuing to fund and provide services at Quidenham. We rely on donations for the majority of the income needed to deliver our services and all the funds required to build the nook. We need help from individual giving, trusts, events, and corporate and community fundraising. We need everyone to help in whatever way they can.
• To find out more visit: www.each.org.uk/the-nook or contact us in the following ways:
Tel: 01953 666767; email: email@example.com
Twitter: @EACH_norfolk #thenookappeal / Facebook: thenookappeal
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Laura Stafford Allen | Press and Media Manager | 01842 760549, 077383 28058 | firstname.lastname@example.org