Former district council chairman Paul says it is a “privilege” to raise funds and lend his support to EACH

A former district council chairman proudly handed over a cheque for more than £1,500 after a busy year of fundraising for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Cllr Paul Ekpenyong chose to support EACH during his term as Mid Suffolk District Council chairman.

He embarked on a year of fundraising and held events included a summer barbecue and civic service, in addition to individual donations raised through his JustGiving page.

He said: “I was delighted to be able to support the incredible work EACH does. Having first-hand experience of the service and support they provide, it’s a privilege to be able to raise funds and awareness of this fantastic organisation.

“Raising funds during my term has been challenging, but I’m thankful that our community supported and contributed to my fundraising efforts.”

EACH, which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, has three hospices, including The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

Cllr Ekpenyong paid a visit on Thursday and handed over a cheque for £1,565 to Ali Lansdowne and Georgina Morrison, community fundraisers for Suffolk and East Essex. Ali said: “We were thrilled to be selected as the chairman’s chosen charity, last year.

“We can’t do what we do without the public’s support and provide our specialist medical and emotional support completely free of charge. We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and the more funds we have, the bigger difference we can make to local children and families.

“Any support in terms of raising funds and awareness of who we are and the work we do to support our community is therefore hugely appreciated. Our thanks to the chairman and his supporters for this generous donation.”

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Cllr Ekpenyong is pictured with Ali (left) and Georgina (right).
Picture: Mid Suffolk District Council

Notes to Editors

“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”

  • 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 £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 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 Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.

Keep in touch:

www.each.org.uk
www.twitter.com/EACH_hospices
www.facebook.com/EACHhospices
www.instagram.com/eachhospices
www.linkedin.com/company/eachhospices

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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