Go the ‘Whole Hog’ for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

Go the ‘Whole Hog’ for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) will benefit once again this year as the increasingly popular Whole Hog returns.

The Whole Hog is an annual obstacle course and mud run taking place for a 12th year on Sunday, 14 October at Wantisden Hall near Woodbridge.

Participants can expect to be crawling under cargo nets, through tunnels, climbing up steep banks and walls, wading through rivers, swinging across monkey bars and much more.

As well as the Whole Hog, a five-mile course for beginners, there will also be a more arduous and challenging ‘Boss Hog’ taking place over seven miles.

Ian Bliss, one of the organisers, said: “The Whole Hog and much harder Boss Hog obstacle courses and mud runs have become firm fixtures in many people’s calendars and continue to go from strength to strength. We’re also really pleased to be working with EACH, that has become our charity partner for this year and 2019.”

The events usually take around one-and-a-half to three hours to complete. Runners will go off in five waves at 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Natasha Brame, EACH Suffolk Community Fundraiser, said: “We’re delighted to be charity partner for the Whole Hog in 2018, especially as we’re asking people to join our EACH Challenge Counts campaign and do something exciting whilst raising funds for the care and support of children and young people with life-threatening conditions and their families. I was at the Whole Hog last year and it was a fantastic atmosphere, with individuals of all abilities taking part.”

The earlier teams and individuals sign up the more they save, with those who register before 31st March charged £43 for the Whole Hog and £48 for the Boss Hog. Those who want to support EACH should make sure to tick a box indicating they would like a donation to go to the charity. Runners must be aged at least 16.

For more information and to sign up go to www.wholehograces.co.uk. For more details on EACH visit www.each.org.uk.


Notes to Editors

“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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Michael Jarvis | Press & media officer | (01842) 764556 | 07738 328058 |

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  • 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
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. 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
  • 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 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
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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
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  • 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

The Treehouse

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


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB


Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH