HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH hospice in Quidenham

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH hospice in Quidenham

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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) was delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to its Quidenham hospice earlier today (Tuesday, 24 January), with the charity’s Royal Patron seeing for herself why the nook appeal – which she helped launch in 2014 – is so vital.

The Duchess was greeted by some 40 flag-waving children from local primary schools, before being introduced to dignitaries and given a posy by four-year-old Nell Cork, whose brother Finnbar received care at Quidenham before sadly dying in August last year.

Her Royal Highness was then taken on a tour of the hospice by EACH Service Manager Jane Campbell, observing Isabella Benton and Amy Hewett, both six, and Bradley Jackson, 11, taking part in an art therapy session, as well as Paige Scott, four, using sensory equipment. She also took time to meet each child’s family, including Finnbar’s.

The Duchess spent the second half of her visit talking to staff and volunteers who work at Quidenham as they updated her on the nook appeal and EACH’s urgent need to raise funds.

The appeal aims to raise £10 million for a new purpose-built hospice – which will be known as the nook - at a five-acre site in Framingham Earl.

EACH’s current Norfolk hospice was opened in 1991 and, due to the increasing numbers of children with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs visiting Quidenham, the hospice has now outgrown its current site.

The new hospice, closer to the centre of the county, will help to provide more families with the same facilities as those offered by the charity’s hospices for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.

EACH Chief Executive Graham Butland said: “It was a pleasure for everyone at EACH to greet Her Royal Highness once again, on what was her first visit to our site in Quidenham.

“The Duchess was given a really good insight into the difficulties our staff and volunteers face as a result of Quidenham having outgrown its home, and the huge difference a purpose-built modern hospice will make to the care they can provide to so many families. 

The nook appeal will transform children’s palliative care across Norfolk and we’ve so far secured close to £5 million.

“We still have some way to go before the new hospice can be built, though, and we need continued help from individuals, trusts and events, and as much corporate and community support as possible.”

Since becoming Royal Patron in 2012, The Duchess of Cambridge has played a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of children’s hospice services across East Anglia and the rest of the UK.

She supported EACH last year by opening its shop in Holt and by attending a gala dinner at Houghton Hall, in addition to providing written messages of support on two occasions.

EACH provides care and support for more than 750 children, young people and family members across the region, with 346 currently using its Quidenham hospice. 

To support the nook appeal visit www.each.org.uk/the-nook

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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:

Simon Hempsall – Head of Marketing and Communications; 07738 820655; simon.hempsall@each.org.uk

Michael Jarvis – Press and Media Officer; 07714 737190; michael.jarvis@each.org.uk

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  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum

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