Bereaved families have the chance to remember their child as face-to-face events return to The Treehouse  

Bereaved families came together to remember loved ones at a special event organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The Remembering with Love activity day took place at The Treehouse, in St Augustine’s Gardens, Ipswich and it was the hospice’s first face-to-face event since before the COVID pandemic.

Five families attended and had the opportunity to take part in various activities, including making a keepsake in memory of their child.

EACH counsellor Jayne Mann said: “It was a poignant day for the parents, grandparents and siblings who attended. The event was based outside in our woodland grounds, to reduce the possibility of cross-infection, and gave those who came along an opportunity to connect with the hospice, with staff and to create keepsakes. It also provided space to connect with their memories and continue the bond with their child.”

Activities were optional and included weaving a willow heart, writing their child’s name on the hospice’s woodland wall, decorating a wooden log slice and creating candle holders. In addition, families could plant bulbs and light their candle in memory of their child.

“Time and space was supported for gentle personal reflection around the fire pit,” added Jayne. “Children played in the woods and in the playground and refreshments were provided. The feedback suggested it was a relaxed and well-paced event.”

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), 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 the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.

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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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