Plans unveiled for a new children’s hospice in Norfolk

Plans unveiled for a new children’s hospice in Norfolk

Jan 09, 2014
Plans have been unveiled for a new children’s hospice in Norfolk to improve the way EACH are able to provide care and support to the county’s life-threatened children, young people and their families. 

The proposed site is in the village of Framingham Earl and hundreds of residents came along to Poringland Community Centre on Monday 6 January to view plans and ask questions at a presentation day. It was brilliant to see so many people attend the day and to see their interest and support for the new hospice.

EACH’s current hospice in Norfolk is located in Quidenham and restrictions mean that we no longer have the scope to expand. The new site in Framingham Earl will also be much more central for families, meaning they won’t need to travel far distances to the south of the county to access care – often when time is vital. A new hospice would meet the increasing demands for our services and allow an even higher quality of care to be delivered.

Benefits of the new hospice would include:

  • Improved accessibility across the whole building. Quidenham is a two-storey building, but the new care area would be on one level enabling nurses to deliver care more easily and safely
  • A hydrotherapy pool – we are able to offer this highly beneficial therapy at our Milton and Ipswich hospices but there is not enough space for a pool at Quidenham
  • Dedicated facilities for play and music therapy
  • Appropriate areas for older and young people
  • Better family accomodation
  • Dedicated bathrooms for all bedrooms
  • Larger areas to deliver a variety of on-site family support groups

  • We aim to apply for planning permission towards the end of January 2014 and if obtained, a fundraising appeal would be planned for Autumn 2014. The build will only commence following a successful period of fundraising.

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    • 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
    • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
    • 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
    • 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
    • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
    • 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
    • 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
    • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
    • 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
    • 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
    • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
    • 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

    The Treehouse

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


    Church Lane, Milton,
    Cambridge, CB24 6AB

    The Nook

    Pigot Lane, Framingham Earl
    Norfolk, NR14 7PX