Christmas events at The Treehouse

Christmas events at The Treehouse

Feb 05, 2018

Christmas is always a busy time at The Treehouse, and 2017 was no exception!

Christmas Party

We enjoyed another fantastic Christmas with families at Kesgrave Community Centre, with a new start time of 11.30am so everyone had plenty of room for all the lovely party food!! With lots going on including glitter tattoos, balloon modelling and a disco it was a real recipe for fun.

Towards the end, we were lucky enough to have a special visitor, any guesses as to who??

That’s right, Father Christmas himself managed to find time in his very busy schedule to pay us a flying visit and joined in the fun and games before heading back to his workshop. 

A lovely time was had by all and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!


Santa’s Grotto

Our grotto event returned for a second year and such a special day helped to spread the winter wonderland magic throughout The Treehouse.

With cake and mulled wine to keep us warm there was lots to do while families took their turns seeing that special someone. Whether decorating a gingerbread reindeer or writing a letter to the big man himself there was plenty going on. 

The children walked through a garden come alive with decorations and music on their way to see Santa in his grotto, where the children received presents and families posed for a photo. Wonderful memories were made by all. 


Ipswich Town visit

A huge thank you to the players and staff from Ipswich Town Football Club who made their annual visit to The Treehouse to help make some special memories for our children and families. 

We got the player’s competitive spirits going by having them make a Christmas decoration, with the children judging which was best.

To recover from the stress of being judged we provided cake to settle their nerves - we just hope that it didn’t effect results over Christmas!



For the second year, we were visited by the lovely London based charity Xmas4kids. This traveling troupe of west end performers put on a performance of Benson’s Christmas Letter, an original production of their own. With an open invitation to all our families those who attended were treated to a lively interactive show full of songs and laughter, including Activities Assistant Dan’s star turn as a snowman! We look forward to welcoming them back next Christmas (snowman not included!)

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

On the Thursday evening before Christmas, we held our annual Carols by Candlelight event. This is a very relaxed and informal evening held in the hospice care area. The space is lit with lots of twinkling tealights and has a really special and sparkling atmosphere. We welcomed families to come and enjoy light refreshments and some warming non-alcoholic mulled wine, and then to sit together, sing some carols and listen to some poems and readings. It was a lovely evening, giving an opportunity for families to escape the hectic build-up to Christmas and take a moment to relax and reflect, and hopefully everyone left feeling ready for the big day!

Carol Service at St Augustine's

The other Carol Service that is organised by The Treehouse team with our friends at St Augustine’s Church, was held on the Monday before Christmas. This was a public event, and as always proved to be very popular amongst families and our neighbours in the local area. The service was full of beautiful music sung by performers, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to enjoy having a big Christmas carol sing! During the service, children and young people who receive care from The Treehouse had the opportunity to take part in nativities, Christmas stories and other performances.

The service has become well known for having a real donkey called Orlando taking part, and it is impossible to leave it without feeling really Christmassy!

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  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 Treehouse

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


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB


Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH