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.