Go Ape fundraising brings in more than £1,600 for children’s hospice

Go Ape fundraising brings in more than £1,600 for children’s hospice

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A children’s charity has received over £1,600 after a year of fundraising by staff and visitors of Go Ape at Thetford Forest.

The outdoor adventure company held various on-site competitions, bake sales and more. Its backing of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) also extended to hosting a group of families supported by the charity for a day in June.

Victoria Herbert, Go Ape Site Manager, said: “The team unanimously voted to support EACH as their charity for 2017 after hearing about its work. Everyone got into the fundraising spirit, with many evenings spent baking biscuits and cake decorating. It was also lovely to be able to spend time chatting to families who visited us and to feel like we were doing something to help.”

Sophie Mayes, EACH Norfolk Corporate Fundraiser, said: “We were delighted to receive not only £1,612 from Go Ape last year, but also the opportunity for some of our families to spend a day at its Thetford site. A big thank you to staff.”

EACH cares for over 360 children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia, and supports more than 450 family members. The charity needs almost £6 million a year to provide its vital service. It is known around Thetford as its Retail Distribution Centre is on the Brunel Business Court, just 15 minutes from Go Ape.

For more information about EACH go to www.each.org.uk.

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Notes to Editors

“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”

  • 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 01953 666767.
  • Keep in touch:

www.each.org.uk
www.twitter.com/EACH_hospices
www.facebook.com/EACHhospices

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

The Treehouse

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

Milton

Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

Quidenham

Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH