“Our shop has become a popular and established part of the community and we’re keen to mark its tenth birthday in style” – celebrations are being planned to mark a memorable decade of custom

A popular charity shop is planning celebrations to mark its tenth birthday. The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) store in Hadleigh is hosting the special anniversary event on Saturday (7th October).

Staff and volunteers plan to celebrate with the community by enjoying cake together, in addition to organising a tombola and raffle. The shop will be decorated with balloons and there will be live music, with performances from both a volunteer and customer.

The High Street shop has gone from strength to strength since opening in October 2013. At the time it became EACH’s 15th shop – now the organisation has 47 across Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

“We’re very proud of our shop, which has become a popular and established part of the community,” said Mike Farrell, who has been manager since August 2020.

“We’re very thankful to everyone who’s played some part – not least our loyal volunteers and customers. It’s a great team and we’re keen to mark our tenth birthday in style. Everyone is welcome to come along and join us and it should be fun.”

The team would love to hear from anyone willing to give up some time – even if just a couple of hours a week – and lend a hand in the shop. They are particularly keen to find someone to operate the till on a Saturday.

“We’re always looking to grow our fantastic team,” added Mike.

“We can never have enough extra help and every pair of hands makes a huge difference. Even if it’s just a day, morning or afternoon a week, it would certainly help and there are various roles, to suit people’s strengths and interests.

“We’d particularly love to hear from anyone keen to serve customers on Saturdays. That’s a role we urgently need to fill. It’s a hugely busy day and we’d love to hear from young people, especially, who might like to gain experience working in a retail environment.”

Anyone interested in volunteer can email Michael via Michael.farrell@each.org.uk or call 01473 828436. For more information about volunteering, head to www.each.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering or email volunteerservices@each.org.uk

The EACH shop had a major refit last March. It was given a much-needed revamp and top of the agenda was making the premises more environmentally friendly, reducing its carbon footprint.

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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