Drumming and Disney at EACHfest 2017

Drumming and Disney at EACHfest 2017

Sep 25, 2017

Young people supported by EACH enjoyed an authentic festival experience at our third annual EACHfest this August.

The event, held at our Milton hospice but open to young people across all localities, featured a samba drumming workshop and a journey through Disney hits by the jazz band Alley Cats. The conference room was transformed into a laid-back festival tent, where the young people enjoyed chilled-out acoustic sessions by local musician Buck Puffin.

A BBQ-style meal and a visit from an ice cream van kept everyone full of energy to try out some juggling skills over lunchtime.

The day finished with mocktails and a group creative activity. In true festival style we had a bit of rain, but at least it held off until close to the end of the day!

Lucy Brumpton, EACH Service Manager, said: “EACHfest aims to provide a social opportunity, for 11-19 year olds who receive care from us, that they might not otherwise experience.

“The live acts this year were out of this world and the energy of staff was breathtaking. It was also great to see rooms transformed for the occasion, with no corners escaping bunting! In true festival style we had rain, but this was saved until the end of the day. We’re now already looking forward to next year!”

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  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS

Milton

Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

Quidenham

Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH