The nook appeal reaches £500,000 mark

The nook appeal reaches £500,000 mark

Feb 05, 2015
Generous individuals, organisations, businesses and charitable trusts have rallied together to raise a staggering half a million pounds for the nook appeal

As it stands, an impressive £500,769.51 has been raised for the appeal since it was launched 10 weeks ago in the presence of EACH Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge at the Norfolk Showground. 

Funds have been raised in all manner of ways and the Christmas period in particular generated considerable sums with retiring collections at carol services, donations in lieu of Christmas cards and street collections all adding to the total. The nook Foundation appeal, which encourages £10 donations, has also been incredibly successful. 

The most significant donation to the nook appeal so far is a generous £150,000 donation from The Thompson Family Charitable Trust. The Thompson Family Charitable Trust has donated £300,000 to EACH with a request for £150,000 to be allocated towards the nook appeal and the remainder to fund our on-going service delivery.

The Thompson Family Charitable Trust have generously supported EACH since 1997 and have donated a total of £631,000 to the charity since their support began. 

A spokesperson The Thompson Family Charitable Trust, said: “The trust has supported EACH for many years and we’re delighted to be able to support EACH with a donation to the nook appeal to build a new hospice and to continue delivering care and support at the charity’s existing hospices. 

“EACH is a very important charity and we’re pleased we’re able to support their valuable work.” 

The nook appeal aims to raise £10 million to build and equip a new children’s hospice for Norfolk in Framingham Earl. The nook will replace the charity’s current facility in Quidenham which is extremely restricted in its facilities and development. EACH needs to raise £10 million to build and equip the nook, and also needs to continue fundraising to provide services at the current Quidenham hospice until they’re able to move to the new facility. 

This week’s £500k announcement means the nook appeal has raised 5% of its total £10 million target and EACH families, staff and volunteers want to thank everyone for their support so far. 

Fundraising initiatives to appeal to as wide an audience as possible have been created including the nook foundation appeal’ asking people to donate £10, ‘friends of the nook’ asking individuals to give £1,200 a year for three years and ‘the nook business network’ asking companies to commit to raising either £10,000, £15,000 or £25,000 over the duration of the appeal. 
There’s also plenty of events happening in the next few months to get involved with too, including: 

  • Charity Pamper Day - Dunston Hall, 13th March 
  • Country Music Fair – Mulbarton, 15th March 
  • EACH Grand Prix – Ellough Park Raceway, 12th April 
  • Grand Charity Masked Ball – Dunston Hall, 18th April 
  • The nook Colour Dash 5k – Norwich, 3rd May 
  • EACH Ride for Life – Thetford Forest, 14th June 
  • London to Paris Bike Ride, 22th - 25th July
  • The Lake District 24 Peak Challenge 11-13 September
  • City of Norwich Half Marathon – 22nd November
  • Norwich Santa Run – 6th December 
EACH is also encouraging Norfolk’s residents to host their own fundraising events. Contact the fundraising team with your plans by phone 01953 666767, email:, Twitter: @EACH_norfolk or Facebook:thenookappeal 

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  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • 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
  • 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
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The Treehouse

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


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

The Nook

Pigot Lane, Framingham Earl
Norfolk, NR14 7PX