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.”