Hospice families get in the regal spirit during a belated jubilee tea party at Milton

Wet weather failed to dampen spirits when a children’s hospice held its belated jubilee tea party at Milton. The event was organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire.

Eight families attended and children, young people, siblings, parents and grandparents got in the spirit, despite the soggy conditions. They enjoyed live music, face painting, creative activities and having their picture taken with props including cardboard cut-outs of the Queen and her Corgi.

“The weather was typically British,” said EACH group and events coordinator Jenna Kent. In fact, it became a bit of a running joke, especially given how sweltering it was the previous day when we were putting up gazebos in 35C heat!

“However, in true British style, we carried on regardless. We changed a few things around, moving some of the activities inside, and it was a big success. It was amazing to be able to welcome our families back to Milton, seeing them chatting and laughing.

“We’ve had things like Sibling Days but this was our first face-to-face family event at the hospice for a long time – since before Covid. It was a lovely thing to be able to do.”

In total, 34 people attended and enjoyed a spread of sandwiches, scones, sausage rolls, jam tarts, ice creams and tea and coffee. You and I Acoustic Duo were playing as families arrived, creating a relaxed atmosphere, while children had their arms painted by Olivian Face Painting.

The creative activities included making royal-themed bracelets and keyrings, using red, white and blue beads, and there was a chance to decorate a top hat and/or crown. Visitors were encouraged to get in the regal spirit and there were other jubilee-themed props at hand, including flags.

Although plans changed because of the weather, some outdoor activities still went ahead. These included garden games, including giant Jenga, and a “spot the Royals” competition. This involved families finding pictures hidden in the hospice grounds and ticking them off a list.

After the event, staff had the opportunity to bring their own families along and another highlight was a visit from Darcy the PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog.

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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 www.each.org.uk or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.

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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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