“After a digital tour of The Nook, the children learned what goes on there and why fundraising is so important” – crazy hairstyles and odd socks are the order of the day as pupils organise a fun run for EACH

Spirited schoolchildren looked the part when hosting a colourful fun run for charity. Pupils at Poringland Primary School sported crazy hairstyles and odd socks and raised more than £1,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Their school is less than a mile from The Nook – the EACH hospice opened by The Princess of Wales in 2019 – and 450 children took part, from Nursery to Year Six.

“As a school, we’ve supported The Nook since plans were first drawn up to build a hospice in our community,” said teacher and Fundraising Lead Carrie Hayes.

“However, we haven’t been able to do any whole school fundraising until now, because of Covid. That’s why it was so lovely to be able to host this fun run, which was organised by our Year Five and Six councillors Olivia Gough, Beth Hoadley, Tom Kirk and Sam Rudd.

“At the end of January, they went to The Nook and met EACH Community Fundraiser Ellie Miller. After a digital tour of the building, they learned what goes on there and why fundraising is so important.”

Inspired by their visit, Olivia, Beth, Tom and Sam led assemblies to explain to the school why they wanted to have a fun run to raise money for The Nook. They decided everyone could either have crazy hair or wear odd socks.

“On the day, they were in charge of leading classes to their starting position,” added Carrie.

“They were absolutely brilliant and supported all the children by giving them high fives or running alongside them. They enjoyed being part of the organising team and were a credit to our school, as were all those who took part.”

The school raised £175.88 in cash, as well as £707 online. With Gift Aid, it took their total to more than £1,000.

“We’re so grateful to our young friends at Poringland Primary School, as well as their parents and carers and all the staff,” said Ellie.

“They worked so hard to organise the fun run, got in the spirit on the day and gave so generously. It was a pleasure to meet the children earlier this year and I’m so pleased their event was such fun and so successful.”

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), The Nook (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 this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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