EACH launch the nook appeal

EACH launch the nook appeal

Nov 25, 2014
In the presence of Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, EACH have appealed to the people of Norfolk and the surrounding areas to raise £10 million for the nook, a new purpose built hospice in the heart of Norfolk.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was greeted outside by local school children before greeting entering the Norfolk Showground in Norwich where hundreds of guests from across the county had come together to hear about the nook appeal which will see a new hospice built on a 5-acre woodland plot in Framingham Earl to replace the current hospice in Quidenham.

HRH with schoolchildren

EACH Vice-President and former BBC and ITV newsreader Martyn Lewis welcomed HRH The Duchess of Cambridge into the room and spoke passionately about the nook appeal and his involvement with EACH.

Martyn Lewis on stage

Quidenham has been an incredible home-from-home to many families for more than 20 years. However the hospice was converted from an old country house and is extremely restricted in its facilities and development. EACH is rapidly outgrowing the constraints of the building and a new purpose built hospice with the addition of a hydrotherapy pool, increased space for families to stay, and dedicated rooms for therapies will make such a big difference to families.

Martyn Lewis returned to the stage inviting Leigh Smith to join him.

Leigh on stage

Leigh’s daughter Beatrice was born on 28 November 2013. Leigh, dad Toby and her four year old brother Elliot helped her settle into life at their home in Norwich and enjoyed their first Christmas together as a family.

In January 2014, Beatrice became unwell and was taken to hospital where she was later diagnosed with a rare heart condition.

Leigh said “It became clear that Beatrice was dying and would be unlikely to survive long enough or be strong enough for a heart transplant. We knew our little girl was just too tired and could fight her battle no longer.”

“On the morning of 24th February 2014, after a long night holding her in our arms, we made the decision to let her go. EACH made arrangements for after her passing and she travelled home to Norfolk where we met her at Quidenham Hospice.”

“While Beatrice was at Quidenham we were able to all stay together as a family and this time was just the start of the support we have received from EACH.”

“There can never be enough thank yous or words to express our gratitude. For us, having the time staying at Quidenham with Beatrice after she had passed away was so important. In the darkest and most painful of times, EACH has given us the best in the worst possible situation.”

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We rely on public support for the majority of the income needed to deliver our care service and will rely 100% on voluntary income for the nook appeal.
How you can help:
Find out more www.each.org.uk/the-nook.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. 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
  • 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
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

The Nook

Pigot Lane, Framingham Earl
Norfolk, NR14 7PX