“Anything helps, even if it’s just a couple of hours a week” – fancy joining our volunteering team in Leiston?

More volunteers are needed to help out at a popular charity shop in Leiston

The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices store is in Sizewell Road and open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Shop Manager Tom Herbert is keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in joining his team and supporting the cause.

He said: “We could definitely do with extra help as we’re a bit thin on the ground at the moment.

“It’s difficult because we’re one of four charity shops in a small place, so there aren’t lots of people to call on.

“However, anyone who steps forward and joins us will be made to feel most welcome.

“A lot of people have lived here for a long time and know each other well, so it’s a very friendly atmosphere.”

EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk.

It has three hospices, including one at The Nook, in Framingham Earl, just outside Norwich, and The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

Tom has been Shop Manager for five years, since the Leiston shop opened in 2016.

“We’re a two-storey shop and have cover in terms of our downstairs till,” he added.

“What we could really do with is someone to help with sorting, pricing and steaming clothes upstairs. That would make a huge difference and help so much.

“Volunteering doesn’t have to be a big commitment.

“Anything helps, even if it’s just a couple of hours a week, and we’d be so pleased to hear from anyone.

“All the money raised in our shops goes towards our vital care services.”

EACH has developed a thriving retail sector which is an essential funding stream to keep care services running.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities, pop into the shop at 6/7 Sizewell Road, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4AB, call Tom on 01728 830412 or email volunteerservices@each.org.uk

 

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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 £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 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 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 our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.
  • Keep in touch:

www.each.org.uk

www.twitter.com/EACH_hospices

www.facebook.com/EACHhospices

www.instagram.com/eachhospices

www.linkedin.com/company/eachhospices

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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