“EACH does so much to support the whole family and that’s why it resonates with us” – why Peter and Anne are passionate about volunteering

Volunteers Peter and Anne Herring love doing their bit to support East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) – and say the charity’s great work “strikes a chord” with them.

The couple, who live in Frettenham, just outside Norwich, pitch in and help whenever possible, including being marshals at the Bubble Rush and Ride for Life events.

They have also helped with bucket collections and fundraising carol services and the release of their story comes during EACH’s fortnight-long campaign to recruit more fundraising volunteers. The drive to boost numbers is called #WeNeedYou – Be the difference, be an EACH Champion.

Peter says he enjoys being involved and, from personal experience, places huge value on the charity’s work to support families and siblings.

“Our daughter, Sophie, was born with life-threatening conditions and had to have a number of operations,” said the 70-year-old.

“She spent several months in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

“At the time, our son was four and, had it been available at the time, we all could have benefitted from the support offered to families and siblings by EACH.

“EACH does so much to support the whole family and that’s why it’s a charity that really resonates and strikes a chord with us.

“Of course, there are so many wonderful, worthy causes out there.

“All of them deserve support but rather than spreading ourselves too thinly, we prefer to concentrate on three – EACH, GOSH and Children with Cancer UK.

“It feels good to be able to help in some way.”

Peter, who used to work in insurance but is now retired, and nurse Anne, 62, decided to become EACH fundraisers when the charity was looking for a new facility to replace its former hospice at Quidenham.

The couple, who have four grandchildren, were looking for a worthy cause to support and joined the Norwich Friends Group.

“They’re a great bunch to work alongside and it’s something that gives us a great deal of satisfaction,” said Peter, who organised a successful art competition when he first got involved, nearly six years ago.

“It just feels right.

“It’s such a worthy cause and we feel very committed to helping in any way we can.

“We’ve loved every minute and would recommend it to anyone looking to volunteer for a special cause.

“It doesn’t matter if you don’t have much time to spare. Anything and everything helps and can make such a big difference.”

EACH is on the lookout for additional people to lend a hand and support its various fundraising activities.

This could be at its own events or those organised by a third party, corporate and community speaking or bucket and pot collections.

Anyone interested in getting involved can contact EACH Volunteer Services via 01223 205183.

Alternatively, email volunteerservices@each.org.uk

For more information about our campaign, head here.

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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.

 

  • 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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