Chelsea football fans pedal across East Anglia to give nook appeal £5,200 boost

Chelsea football fans pedal across East Anglia to give nook appeal £5,200 boost

Sep 20, 2018

A group of football fans have again shown their charitable sides by riding over 200 miles across East Anglia to raise £5,200 for the nook appeal.

Adam Robinson, from Wymondham, Grahame Bolton and daughter Charlotte, from Bungay, Chris Chapman, Sandeep Uppal and Owen Thomas, all from Norwich, and Gary Williams, from Thetford, took part in Ride for Life, an event organised by EACH, in July.

All are members of Eastern Blues, the official Chelsea supporters club for Norfolk and Suffolk. They were supported in their efforts by SEN Legal, Bar 11, Empower Services and Grahame R Bolton.

EACH generated over £30,000 in total from Ride for Life, with 26 cyclists taking part in the three-day challenge.

Among those who made friends with the Eastern Blues group along the way was Andrew Goodson, from Messing in Essex, whose son William, two, receives care from The Treehouse, EACH's hospice in Ipswich.

Andrew, along with William and wife Emma, recently joined Eastern Blues at The Treehouse for a cheque presentation. The Chelsea fans also brought along personalised home and away kits for William.

Emma says: “Thank you to everyone at Eastern Blues. We had a lovely visit to The Treehouse and it was the perfect end to our recent time off work.”

Adam, Eastern Blues Chair, says: “It has been a pleasure to raise money for such a worthy cause and to see the fantastic work EACH undertakes. A massive thank you to every person who donated, helping us reach this fantastic amount. Days like today make all the training worthwhile.”

Last year, 20 Eastern Blues members climbed Mt Snowdon in Wales, raising £2,679.64 for the nook appeal.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • 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
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • 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
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • 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
  • 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