Cheers! Pub-goers have a whip-round to help put smiles on faces this Christmas

Kind-hearted pub-goers raised the bar by filling six bulging Santa sacks of toys for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The festive collection of goodies was organised by Steve Ross and Karen Nicholson, who run The Feathers in Market Gates, Great Yarmouth.

Generous punters either donated gifts or cash, for the pair to spend on toys, and the presents will be distributed to children and young people across Norfolk.

Steve said: “The collection has been in full swing for several weeks and we’re delighted to have gathered so many presents.

“There were enough for six massive sacks, which were donated by the company we work for, Craft Union.

“We were so touched by people’s kindness. Our customers are lovely, decent people and very generous.

“By pulling together we’ve managed to buy some cracking presents, for children of all ages.

“Hopefully they spread some festive cheer and puts smiles on faces this Christmas.”

Steve and Karen also received presents from The Coachmakers Arms, in Market Place, Great Yarmouth.

They were given a 10% discount at retailer The Works, meaning the money they had to spent went even further.

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

It has three hospices, including one at Framingham Earl, near Norwich.

Steve and Karen are pictured handing over the sacks of presents to EACH volunteer Derek Brand (left).


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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Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 |

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