“He had a lovely time exploring and particularly enjoyed watching the monkeys” – two-year-old Samuel and his family enjoy a day of animal magic at Banham Zoo

An animal-loving family had the chance to meet all creatures great and small during a special visit to Banham Zoo. The trip was organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), which has a base at The Nook, in Framingham Earl.

Two-year-old Samuel Davis, who has Mowat-Wilson Syndrome and receives care at the hospice, enjoyed a day at the popular attraction with sister Erin, four, mum Grace and nan Pam Clarke. He and his family live in Scole, just outside Diss.

EACH Play Specialist Heidi Foster said: “Samuel and his family had a lovely time exploring. Erin enjoyed the animal encounter and loved guessing which animal would come out onto the stage first. She particularly loved seeing the armadillo, rats and a small owl. Samuel enjoyed watching the monkeys as they were playing close to the glass. He stayed with his nan and they also had a nice chat with our two volunteers who joined us on the day.”

The family enjoyed a picnic lunch where they were able to sit and watch the camels.

Another family had also been due to come along but could not make it.

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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