“The magical lights, colours and sounds that fill the gardens will be such a wonderful sensory experience for the children” – families step into an enchanted winter wonderland thanks to Helmingham Hall

Families are enjoying a sparkling start to the festive period after being given the opportunity to explore a mesmerising garden trail.

Helmingham Hall, near Stowmarket, which is hosting the magical world of light, colour and sound, has donated 30 tickets to families receiving care from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The first three families had an opportunity to visit on 18th November and more are stepping into the enchanted winter wonderland this Sunday (10th December).

As well as seeing the grounds transformed by thousands of lights, they crossed the hall’s famous drawbridge, were offered mulled wine, had the chance to toast marshmallows around the fire pits and spend time browsing the Stables Shops.

“The team at Helmingham Hall have been incredibly generous and we’re so grateful,” said EACH Family Communications Coordinator Mila Sousa.

“Christmas is always a special time of year and it’s lovely that people bear our families in mind and want to help them celebrate the festive season.

“The magical lights, colours and sounds that fill the gardens will be such a wonderful sensory experience for the children.”

Helmingham Hall’s Events and Marketing Manager, Katy Day, said she was happy families enjoyed the experience.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer some festive magic to families supported by EACH,” she said.

“We hope we’ve created something for everyone to enjoy, from ages one to 100. EACH is a very special charity and one we hope to work more with in the future.”

Historic Helmingham Hall hosts the popular Festival of Classic and Sports Cars every August, in association with the Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club (SVEC).

EACH was once again the chosen charity partner last year and the event raised a staggering £5,000. Helmingham Hall’s illuminated garden trail launched on Thursday, 16th November and runs until Sunday, 17th December.

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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