11-year-old Renee Lewis-Driver from Church Road in Copford lives with her mum Stacey, dad Crispian, and sister Sienna. Renee and her family all receive care and support from EACH.
Renee and her family have been supported by EACH for the last three years, and were made aware of us by their community nurse. Renee has interstitial lung disease and needs extra oxygen overnight, and during the day when she feels tired. Renee also has a condition called hypogammaglobulinemia which affects her immune system.
Renee visits The Treehouse in Ipswich which opened in 2011 following a £3m public appeal. Families across North Essex and Suffolk choose where they receive care and support: at The Treehouse, in their own homes or in the community.
Renee and her family benefit from a number of EACH services including day care, trips and holidays including Dream Night at Colchester Zoo and a trip to Disneyland Paris, specialist play and music therapy sessions.
Day care allows Renee to have fun and spend time with friends she has made in the hospice and it also allows her parents to have a much-needed break. Trips such as Dream Night at Colchester Zoo and Disneyland allow Renee and her family to spend quality time together, and specialist play and music therapy allows Renee to express her feelings and most importantly have fun!
Renee especially loves sessions with Ray our music therapist and Renee sang to countless other children and their families at the charity’s ‘Music in the Woods’ event last summer. Ray also visited Renee at home when she was recovering from surgery.
Stacey said: “EACH has been a great support for Renee and us as a family – they’re fantastic. 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.
“Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. When Renee was recovering from an operation the charity’s play specialist and music therapist came to visit. We wouldn’t have been able to take her to the hospice and we didn’t want her to miss out.”