Festival vibes at EACHfest

Sep 22, 2016
Live acoustic sounds, jazz music and Indian Dohl drumming were all headline acts at this year’s EACHFest. 

The event was open to all young people aged 11 – 18, across all localities, who use EACH services but do not access short breaks. They were treated to their very own festival experience hosted at our hospice in Milton. 

The one day event gave the attendees a real taste of festival life with the conference room being transformed into a laid-back tent with beautiful drapes and colourful lights complete with acoustic music from local musician Isabel Squirrel. Outside the garden was also a hive of activity with live jazz music as well as an Indian Dohl drumming workshop and creative art activities. Jugglers kept everyone entertained during the BBQ style lunch and a visit from an ice cream van was a welcome treat in the warm sunshine. The day was rounded off with mocktails on the lawn from the Pyramid Pub, with ‘Muddy Puddles’ and ‘Mosh Pit Mojitos’ just some of the tasty drinks on the menu!

The event was praised by all the young people who attended saying it was “great fun” and had “inspirational live music”. 

To get a flavour of the day, visit The Den to watch our EACHfest mini-film, and you can see some photos from the day below.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s event, and will keep you posted with all the details on the website and in Family Corner.
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  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’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
  • 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
  • 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 really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • 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
  • 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

The Treehouse

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

Milton

Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

Quidenham

Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH