“We can’t throw Tallulah a party or buy her presents, but we always promised we would include her in our future” – football fundraiser is on course to raise more than £10,000 for EACH

Football-mad fundraisers enjoyed a day of healthy competition to show their support for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Two matches were organised in Barkway, near Royston, and, incredibly, raised more than £8,000.

One game was for juniors and the other for adults and both were organised by the family of Tallulah Irish – a little girl who lived for just 19 days after being born by emergency caesarean in November 2013. She was immediately taken to neonatal care as doctors were concerned she was not responding well after birth.

Parents Keely Blows and Curtis Irish were hopeful Tallulah would start to improve, but a scan of her brain revealed extensive damage incompatible with life, later discovering it was most likely due to a stroke in the days leading up to birth.

She received end-of-life care at Milton and her family were supported by EACH. Keely and Curtis have become committed fundraisers ever since, raising in the region of £40,000. With more money to come, they hope their football day alone will end up raising more than £10,000 – a fitting total as Tallulah would have celebrated her tenth birthday in November.

“It was very successful and I can’t quite believe how much we raised,” said Keely, who, together with Curtis and children Teddy and Marlowe, cut the ribbon at EACH’s Royston shop when it opened in April 2021.

“It’s an amazing amount of money and we’re so grateful to everyone who came along and joined us on the day. People have been so kind and we’re fortunate to have such great local support.

“Lots of people know what happened with Tallulah. They know us, as a family, and are always keen to get involved to do what they can to support our fundraising. We’re also both fortunate to have big families and lots of great friends, who always get behind us.”

Keely said it was poignant to organise a fundraiser in the same year Tallulah would have been ten.

“EACH remains a hugely special charity to us and our family,” she said.

“We can’t throw Tallulah a party or buy her presents, but we always promised we would include her in our future and this day was a celebration of her.”

The charity matches took place on Sunday, 3rd September. Family and friends played and watched and there was also a tug-of-war, bouncy castle, tombola, raffle and refreshments.

There is still time to make a donation by heading here.

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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