“ECHO! did a great job of helping me spread the word about our fantastic charity and loved meeting all the children” – EACH’s elephant mascot makes new friends while visiting a popular pumpkin patch in Suffolk

Inquisitive youngsters met a surprise guest and learnt about the work of a children’s hospice organisation after visiting a pumpkin patch in the build-up to Halloween.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) sent its mascot, ECHO!, to the family-run Akenham Hall Farm, in Henley Road, Ipswich. The farm had been collecting for the charity throughout half-term, including the weekends before and after.

Visitors had the chance to make a donation when popping along to collect their pumpkin. On the Friday (27th October), EACH Community Fundraiser, Anna Bruce paid a visit and she was joined by two volunteers and ECHO!

The elephant mascot is used to describe EACH’s work to children and the letters stand for ‘Everyone in the family is included’, ‘Care for children who are poorly’, ‘Home or hospice, wherever we’re needed’ and ‘Outstanding care and support when families need it most’.

“It was so lovely to be part of the fun and we’re very thankful to our friends at Akenham Hall Farm,” said Anna.

“The vibe was so lovely and wholesome and everyone had a great time. Being able to come along to events like this is a hugely important way of helping raise the vital funds we need to support children, young people and families.

“It’s also key from an awareness perspective and that’s why it was lovely to take ECHO!, who did a great job of helping me spread the word about our fantastic charity and loved meeting all the children.”

Emily Wheaton, from Akenham Hall Farm, said: “EACH is a charity close to our hearts and a great cause to support. We were very happy to be involved and particularly enjoyed meeting Anna, the lovely volunteers and ECHO!

“As a family-run farm, it was lovely to welcome lots of excited children and they clearly enjoyed interacting with ECHO! It was lovely to see.”

Akenham Hall Farm will be opening for Christmas trees on Saturday, 25th November, selling Nordmann Fir and Norway Spruce trees. It will also be selling handmade wreaths and other festive decorations and gifts.

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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