“The feedback has been lovely, with people describing it as amazing, beautiful and magical, as well as commenting on the warm, joyful atmosphere” – families get in the Christmas spirit at Milton

A children’s hospice sparkled with Christmas cheer after being lit and decorated for special Winter Wonderland events.

The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) base at Milton hosted two eye-catching events – one especially for families being supported by the charity and another open to the public.

Both gave people an opportunity to see and enjoy the hospice’s stunning outdoor lights, as well as visiting Father Christmas’ grotto.

The first Winter Wonderland, for service users, parents/carers and siblings, in addition to staff families, was attended by 152 people on Saturday, 9th December.

“Everyone had a wonderful time,” said EACH Groups and Events Coordinator Joely Allard.

“They were greeted by cheeky elves, petted miniature donkeys, marvelled at our illuminated sensory gardens, sang along with our live band (Max Headroom), enjoyed festive snacks and met Father Christmas.

“The feedback has been lovely, with people describing it as amazing, beautiful and magical, as well as commenting on the warm, joyful atmosphere. One person said how much they appreciated the attention to detail.

“We couldn’t have been happier and were particularly grateful to receive a generous grant from Together for Short Lives, which enabled us to buy some large Christmas lights.

“They look amazing on our front lawn and we’re very thankful for the support.”

Joely also thanked EACH lead administrator Deborah Watts, who coordinated the lights and led a team of “amazing” volunteers in creating the “masterpiece”.

She also praised the catering team for delivered warm sausage rolls, mince pies and hot chocolates to families throughout the evening.

The following day, the general public were invited to a separate Winter Wonderland at Milton.

More than 180 people came along and the event, organised to give the public an insight and spread awareness of the work EACH does, raised nearly £1,000. It was kindly sponsored by Recipharm.

Community Fundraiser Helena Davis said: “We had a great time and all the children who attended got the chance to meet Santa.

“Visitors also got to listen to a range of music from local choirs and soloists throughout the night, while enjoying a mince pie.

“So much credit has to go to our amazing maintenance staff and volunteers for their incredible hard work.

“The planning and preparation went on for weeks and the lights look truly stunning. We’re very grateful for everything they’ve done.”

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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