Jason flies the flag for EACH at footie fundraiser in North Essex

Shop volunteer Jason Boyle laced up his football boots and represented East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in a special charity match at Harwich and Parkeston FC.

The 33-year-old played for the Harwich Angels fundraising group and helped them defeat Dobbins Robbins FC 6-0.

The latter are a Cambridgeshire-based club set up in memory of football-mad Simon Dobbin.

Jason has been a mainstay of EACH’s Dovercourt shop since opening in March 2019.

“I helped out at a previous charity game and said I’d love to play this time,” he said.

“It was great fun. I came on for the second half and played pretty well.

“To be honest, I was pleased to survive 45 minutes. People were saying I’d do well to last five!”

Jason, who supports Tottenham Hotspur and lives in Dovercourt, loves football and is also passionate about EACH.

He volunteers most days – sometimes all day – and has also helped in EACH’s Clacton and Angora Park, Colchester shops.

“It’s something I’ve always enjoyed and I’d recommend it to anyone,” he said.

Sunday’s charity match raised more than £1,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, while the proceeds of a popular tombola went to EACH.

The EACH shop in Dovercourt is in Main Road and open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

Shop Manager Emma Manning is always keen to hear from more people who might like to volunteer.

She said: “We can never have enough people willing to lend a hand.

“We’re very proud of our shop and, for a small seaside town, we’re so well supported by the local community.

“We’re putting Dovercourt on the map and a lot of local children, young people and families here in north Essex benefit from the care and support of EACH.”

For more information about volunteering in the Dovercourt shop, ring Emma on 01255 442707, head to www.each.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering or email volunteerservices@each.org.uk


Notes to Editors

“I cannot imagine our lives without EACH now and I sometimes wish we hadn’t let the fear of the word hospice put us off for so long. We’re truly grateful for the constant support we receive.”

  • 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

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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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