“Gardening is such a wonderful activity and when you have the chance to do it for other people’s enjoyment, it’s even more special” – green-fingered Jane is passionate about supporting EACH

A green-fingered hospice volunteer has described her role as “rewarding and humbling” – and says she would recommend it to anyone. Jane Dack gives up time to help maintain the beautiful gardens at The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

She is part of a dedicated, hard-working team that tend to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) grounds.

“I love gardening so when I saw EACH were asking for garden volunteers, it seemed an obvious choice,” said the 58-year-old, who lives in Hasketon.

“Having worked in a local primary school for 16 years, I wanted to take a volunteer role that benefited children. There’s an established and friendly team that maintains the garden here at The Treehouse.

“I enjoy playing my part in making the site look as good as possible for the families and staff that use it. It’s very rewarding and humbling when family members take time to comment on the gardens.”

Jane, who is married and has two grown-up sons, started volunteering after taking early retirement seven years ago. She says her favourite outside area at the hospice is the courtyard sensory garden.

“A water feature was added last year and it’s a very peaceful place to be,” she said.

“It’s also protected from the deer that like to snack on the flowers! My favourite flower is the rose, so I’m researching a thornless variety that I can suggest to add to this area.

“It’s great being part of a team where your advice is welcomed and I’d definitely recommend volunteering for EACH. Gardening is such a wonderful activity and when you have the chance to do it for other people’s enjoyment, it’s even more special.”

EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. In addition to The Treehouse, it has two other hospices – The Nook, near Norwich, and at Milton, near Cambridge. Each has its own dedicated team of gardening volunteers.

There are various ways to support the charity by volunteering, with something to suit individual skills and interests. To find out more about any of the opportunities available, email volunteerservices@each.org.uk or contact volunteer services on 01223 205183.

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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