Edward, dad Lee and grandad Graham will be making it a family affair at EACH’s Bury Splash Out!

Three generations of the same family have taken the plunge and signed up for a water-themed charity fundraiser.

Eight-year-old Edward Cottington will be joined by dad Lee and grandad Graham at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Splash Out! on Sunday, 15th May.

The event is taking place in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, and more than 800 people participated in 2021.

The Cottington trio are among those to have signed up this year and the driving force has been Norton CEVC Primary School pupil Edward.

He wanted to support the charity as Graham had prostate cancer while mum Fran is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

“We’re incredibly proud of Edward,” said Fran, a dinner lady at her son’s school.

“As a family, we’ve had experience of cancer and he’s been on the periphery, which is why he’s so keen to support such a worthy cause.

“He first heard about the Splash Out! after seeing an advert while walking with my mum in Nowton Park.

“He jumped at the chance and thought it sounded fun. The three of them are really looking forward to it.

“In the meantime, he’s enjoying raising money and keeps asking me about our fundraising page. He loves seeing the total go up.”

Lee, 44, is a landscape gardener while former marathon runner Graham, 68, is a retired British transport policeman who also served in the Army. He lives in Ashford, Kent.

To sponsor the trio, head here.

EACH Events Fundraiser Hannah Forbester said: “We’re so pleased and excited to have a team of three generations joining us in Bury.

“What a lovely story and this is why we love running events of this nature, so everyone can get involved.

“Last year’s event was a huge success – a family-friendly, exciting and fun-packed day enjoyed by adults and children alike.

“The course is set up to be a great one again this year and I really hope they’re looking forward to it.”

Adults and children alike can run, walk or jog through a five-kilometre course, tackling six inflatable obstacles, including wobbly floating bridges and ball dodges.

There are different obstacles compared to last year, so will feel completely fresh and different.

“It’s worth noting that you don’t have to complete the 5k course and little ones can do half the distance – three obstacles over a 2.5km course,” added Hannah.

“The whole course is very flexible and if a child doesn’t like the look of one of the obstacles, they can easily move on.”

For more details and to sign up, head here.


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.

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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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