“We consider our shop an important part of the community and being involved, and sharing the experience, was a great pleasure” – EACH staff, volunteers and customers have a night of festive fun in Holt

Charity shop staff and volunteers got in the Christmas spirit by being part of the official lights switch-on in Holt. The town’s East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) store stayed open late, welcoming the community for a bumper night of festive fun.

Highlights of the town’s celebrations included live music, street food, market traders and a spectacular firework display. Mark Buller, an EACH Relief and Support Manager, said: “We had such a lovely and fun evening with our customers.

“Footfall was high and there was a brilliant festive atmosphere throughout the town. We consider our shop an important part of the community and being involved, and sharing the experience, was a great pleasure.

“We hope our fantastic customers enjoyed it as much as we did.”

Meanwhile, Mark and shop manager Sarah Hipkin are keen to hear from more volunteers interested in joining the Holt team.

“We’re blessed to have some amazing volunteers and it was lovely to see them for the Christmas lights switch-on,” said Mark.

“However, we badly need extra help and can always do with more pairs of hands. The great thing about volunteering is that there are many different roles, to suit people’s skills and interests.

“We can also be entirely flexible, to fit around busy lives. Just doing a morning or afternoon a week makes such a difference. Those that already volunteer say how much they enjoy it.

“They love being part of something that raises funds for such a worthwhile cause and find it fun, sociable and rewarding.”

Anyone interested in joining the team is welcoming to pop in for a chat. The EACH shop is in Station Road. Alternatively, email Sarah via sarah.hipkin@each.org.uk or call 01263 713864.

The Holt Christmas lights switch-on took place on Friday, 17th November.

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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