Eight-year-old Edward, dad Lee and grandad Graham make a splash to raise vital funds for EACH

Three generations of the same family splashed out and managed to raise an ‘awesome’ amount for charity. Eight-year-old Edward Cottington was joined by dad Lee and grandad Graham at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Splash Out!, in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday.

Adults and children had the chance to run, walk or jog through a five-kilometre course, tackling six inflatable obstacles, including wobbly floating bridges and ball dodges. The water-themed fundraiser raised vital funds for EACH, which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk.

“Edward, Lee and Graham completed the run and had a great time,” said Edward’s proud mum, Fran. “Donations are still coming in but they’re currently on £1,355. It’s an awesome amount of money and they’re so pleased. As a family, we’d like to thank all their sponsors and especially The London Masons Ashburton Park Chapter 4988 for its donation of £250.”

Norton CEVC Primary School pupil Edward was the driving force behind his family signing up for the Splash Out! He wanted to support the charity as Graham had prostate cancer while mum Fran is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

“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,” added Fran. 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.

There were 675 participants at the Splash Out! and the current total raised stands at more than £24,000. Money is still being added up and a final total will be confirmed later in the week.

Events fundraiser Hannah Forbester said: “It was so lovely to bump into Edward, Lee and Graham on Sunday. We had a chat after they’d completed the course and they all looked so happy and proud of their achievement. Rightly so, because they did an amazing job.

“Overall, we were delighted with the way everything went. There were lots of happy, smiling faces and it was a very special and memorable family experience. Everyone had a great time and we raised a significant amount of money, which will help us continue supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia.”

EACH is holding another Splash Out! on 17th September, this time in Huntingdon. For more information, head here.

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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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