“What’s particularly special is that it was initiated by Charlotte. She told us she wanted to be part of a film, to show other children that a hospice isn’t a scary place” – EACH releases a heartwarming new film to mark the start of Children’s Hospice Week

A powerful new film has been released to showcase the work of a children’s hospice through the eyes of a spirited ten-year-old receiving care.

Charlotte Freegard stars in the three-minute production, speaking about her experiences at The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

She has been receiving care from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) for three years and the film marks the start of a special few days of media activity during national Children’s Hospice Week.

Charlotte spent the first four months of her life in hospital and has the rare genetic muscle disorder Nemaline Myopathy.

In the film, she speaks about the things she loves about her short breaks at The Treehouse, including music therapy, art, playing games and baking. It shows her exploring the hospice garden, being pushed on a swing and an interview with EACH Care Assistant Jenny McClure.

Simon Hempsall, EACH’s Head of Marketing and Communications, said: “We’re incredibly proud of our new film and extremely grateful to Charlotte.

“It’s beautiful and a perfect way to begin this very important awareness week.

“What’s particularly special is that it was initiated by Charlotte.

“She told us she wanted to be part of a film, to show other children that a hospice isn’t a scary place. Instead, it’s somewhere they can have fun and create special memories.

“The fact we’ve been able to work with her family to make this a reality is something we’re very grateful for.

“Hopefully it helps many other children and families, both now and in the future.”

Charlotte’s story, now available to watch on the EACH website and being shared via its social media channels, was produced in collaboration with experienced journalist and former long-serving BBC Look East reporter Kevin Burch.

To watch it, click here.

EACH has also produced an accompanying written feature on Ed Sheeran superfan Charlotte. To read it, click here.

Children’s Hospice Week starts today and runs until Sunday.

It is the only week of the year dedicated to raising awareness of children’s hospice services across the UK.

“Children’s Hospice Week is a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the incredible work children’s hospices do,” added Simon.

“It’s a very important week for our staff and volunteers, as well as the children, young people and families receiving care and support in all children’s hospices across the UK.”

Find our notes to editors here.

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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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