Hundreds from across the region enjoy fun-filled event as children’s hospice thanks volunteers ‘at the heart’ of its work

Hundreds from across the region enjoy fun-filled event as children’s hospice thanks volunteers ‘at the heart’ of its work

May 02, 2019

Hundreds of volunteers from across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex have enjoyed games, a fun photoshoot, luxury raffle and more at a ‘thank you day’ in their honour.

EACH hosted the event at Culford School in Bury St Edmunds as a way of recognising the efforts of over 1,400 people who help the organisation across its shops, at its fundraising events and offices, its hospices, and even in the homes of families receiving the charity’s support.

As well as hearing from and asking questions of directors, trustees and staff, volunteers also heard the story of Sam Morley, mum to 11-year-old Euan, who receives support from The Treehouse, EACH’s hospice in Ipswich.

The day saw 30 volunteers given awards for service over periods of five, 10, 15 and 20 years, with a further 78 such awards posted to volunteers unable to make it, before closing with a raffle that featured bottles of bubbly and a range of luxury goodies.

Hannah Diaper says: “Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do, enabling us to reach more families than we could possibly achieve without their support. We couldn’t do it without them and it’s really important we show them that’s the case.

“This was a fantastic day full of fun, friendship and smiling faces, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event when we hope to see even more people.

“Whilst we’re very lucky to have the volunteer support we do, we’re always looking for more volunteers and have some great opportunities to get involved with. If you’re interested, please do get in touch to talk through how you can help, even if it’s just for an hour a week! Whatever role you do, you can really help make a difference to the lives of the children, young people and families we support here in East Anglia.”

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • 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
  • 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 has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • 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
  • 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
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • 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
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’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