Families came together for a day of music, dancing and fun at a festival-style get-together. EACHFest was organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and took place at its Milton base.
It was for children and young people aged 11 and over, and their families, and highlights of an action-packed day included a silent disco, face-painting, mocktails, ice creams, a barbecue and the visit of Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog Fin.
Live music was provided by indie band Max Headroom, who performed in a gazebo on the front lawn, while there was also a circus skills workshop and spell-binding magic from Jamie Seagrave.
Another highlight was children and families having the chance to draw on and sign a brand new MINI, supplied by Cambourne BMW retailer Group 1 Cambridge.
The gleaming car was ‘wrapped’ to include the EACH logo as part of the company’s Big Love initiative – a campaign to ‘spread love’ and support communities in the Cambridge area. It came packed with toys and donations from staff and customers.
EACHFest is a popular and long-running event in the charity’s calendar and this year’s event was particularly well-attended.
“We had one of the best turnouts for a long time and we were pleased to see everyone enjoy themselves and get in the spirit,” said Milton Service Manager Mike Higgins.
“Some of the feedback and comments afterwards were truly awe-inspiring. It was a great day and resulted in some of the young people pleading with their parents to let them stay and not take them home!
“I’d like to say a big thank you to all the staff and volunteers who helped on the day, especially those that did such a brilliant job with the organisation, pulling things together in a much shorter timeframe than would normally have been available.
“A big thank you also goes to the facilities team who supported with the food and catering, the putting up and taking down of equipment and gazebos and their general all-round assistance.”
EACHFest took place on Friday, 18th August.
Pictures: Dik Ng/EACH