Can you spare some time to help families keep on top of their gardens?

A leading charity is on the lookout for green-fingered volunteers willing to help families caring for children with life-threatening conditions

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) runs a successful Help at Home service, providing vital practical support with things like cooking, cleaning, shopping, sibling support, decorating and DIY.

Now, with Spring having arrived, bringing a multitude of gardening jobs, EACH is keen to hear from more volunteers willing to help the families it supports across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Volunteer co-ordinator Anne Rayner said: “As anyone with a garden knows, this is a particularly busy time of year and we know some families struggle keeping on top of everything.

“They have enough on their plates caring for their child or children, dealing with complex medications and feed times.

“That’s not to mention cooking, cleaning and maintaining things indoors.

“With the best will in the world, the garden isn’t high on their list of priorities and that’s why we’re keen to hear from anyone able to help.

“You don’t have to be knowledgeable or a gardening expert. Just being on hand to cut the grass or do a bit of weeding will make a huge difference.”

Volunteers do not need to commit to a regular time slot and training and support is providing by EACH.

“All you need to give up is your time, either to help regularly or as a one-off project,” added volunteer co-ordinator Lorna Hazeltine.

“Whether you can spare two hours a week or two a month, it’ll have a real impact on the families we support.

“Sometimes they feel isolated and it can be hard looking out of the window at an unkempt garden.

“With warmer weather hopefully on the way, they want to enjoy that space and for it to be a safe environment for their children.”

For more information about EACH’s Help at Home service, head to, email or call 01223 800800 (select option four).


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 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 |


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