“People hear the word hospice and think sad, negative thoughts, but an event like this shows a lot of joyful and positive things happen” – families enjoy singing and dancing together at The Treehouse

Families came together for some singing and dancing during a special feelgood event at a leading children’s hospice.

The festive fun took place at The Treehouse, in Ipswich, and was for children, young people and families being cared for and supported at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) base.

As well as singing carols, they also danced to some Christmas classics and had a surprise visit from Santa Claus. They then tucked into hot drinks and festive treats, including mince pies and cookies.

Kerry Richmond was one of the mums in attendance.

Fourteen-year-old son Oscar has DYRK1A Syndrome and enjoys music therapy at The Treehouse.

“It was absolutely fantastic and we’re always very grateful to everyone at EACH,” she said.

“This is a special place for our family. It’s one of the few places we can go with our children and feel completely comfortable.

“People hear the word hospice and think sad, negative thoughts, but an event like this shows a lot of joyful and positive things happen here.”

The Christmas party was led by EACH spiritual care lead Emma Scott and organised by music therapist Ray Travasso.

“It was a lovely event,” said Ray.

“Everyone got in the spirit and the day was made extra special thanks to a number of volunteers from the community, who helped form a full seven-piece band – complete with a brass section!

“Events of this nature are such a great way of changing people’s perceptions and making them aware that we also have lots of fun here.”

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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