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.”