Football supporters show their charitable sides by climbing Mt Snowdon

Football supporters show their charitable sides by climbing Mt Snowdon

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Fans of Chelsea Football Club from across East Anglia have demonstrated their charitable sides to support the nook appeal.

Eastern Blues, the official Chelsea supporters club for Norfolk and Suffolk, decided at its AGM last year that members would climb Mt Snowdon in Wales.

The feat was accomplished by 20 Blues supporters earlier this year and now they have given £2,679.64 each to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), specifically its nook appeal to raise £10 million for a new hospice in Norfolk, and East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The money was raised through generous sponsorship from friends and family of those who took part, plus that of other Chelsea supporters clubs and an event in Norwich featuring ex-player Steve Clarke.

Adam Robinson, Chairman, said: “The climb was a year in the planning, trying to fit in a date around the fixtures when there was a reasonable chance of some decent weather. Our target was £1,000 per charity and we never imagined we would get anywhere near £5,000!”

Eastern Blues is already looking at ways of continuing its support into 2018 and hopes to enter a team in EACH’s Ride for Life. The exciting cycling challenge is sponsored by Jonhston Logistics UK and takes in over 200 miles across three counties, giving participants the chance to enjoy the beautiful East Anglian countryside and visit EACH’s three hospices along the way. It will take place next year between 13th and 15th July.

Tal Williams, EACH Community Fundraiser for the nook appeal, said: “A big thank you to everyone at Eastern Blues for their generous support.

“We’ve outgrown our current hospice in Quidenham and the nook will mean we’re able to provide care and support to even more Norfolk families at a time when they need it most.”

For more information about the nook appeal and Ride for Life go to www.each.org.uk. For more on Eastern Blues visit www.easternblues.co.uk.

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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: norfolk@each.org.uk; Twitter: @EACH_norfolk #thenookappeal; Facebook: thenookappeal

For further information about this release please contact:
Michael Jarvis | Press & media officer | (01842) 764556 | 07738 328058 |
michael.jarvis@each.org.uk 

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’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

The Treehouse

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

Milton

Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

Quidenham

Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH