Green-fingered volunteers lend a hand as part of Garden Re-Leaf Day

Green-fingered helpers pitched in to spruce up the grounds of a children’s hospice.

Corporate volunteers from AMES UK swapped their regular day jobs to lend a hand at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH) base in Milton.

The event was organised by the Greenfingers Charity – a national organisation dedicated to creating magical and inspiring gardens for life-limited children and their families who spend time in hospices – as part of its Garden Re-Leaf Day.

The team joined forces with Milton caretaker Connor Collis to spruce up the Cambridgeshire hospice on Friday.

Milton facilities site manager Jim Mowatt said: “They made the most amazing difference, pressure-washing the children’s playgrounds, clearing paths, weeding and seeding border areas around the nature pond and clearing dark ivy from the entrance.

“Now we’re ready to plant something more colourful and welcoming at the hospice front entrance for the sunshine of the new season.”

Linda Petrons, the Greenfingers Charity’s Director of Fundraising and Communications, added: “We’re so pleased the team from AMES were keen to support EACH and hear more about the very real difference gardens make to hospices.”

Milton is one of three EACH hospices, with the others being The Nook, near Norwich, and The Treehouse, in Ipswich. They are looked after by regional facilities teams, who work hard to keep staff and service users in clean, safe, sustainable and well-maintained surroundings.

The Greenfingers Charity is currently working with EACH and has created a masterplan design for the outside space at The Nook.

Both parties are looking forward to bringing two new gardens to life very soon.


Notes to Editors

“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”

  • 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 £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 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 Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.

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Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 |


About Greenfingers Charity

Greenfingers is a national charity dedicated to supporting life-limited children and their families who spend time in hospices around the UK.  The charity is committed to creating, beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation.  To date Greenfingers Charity has created over 60 inspiring gardens in children’s hospices around the country and has a further waiting list of hospices that need help.


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