Just the ticket! EACH staff and volunteers get in gear to support the Fenland BusFest event in Whittlesey

All aboard!

It was a case of ‘on the buses’ as charity shop staff revved into action to support a popular transport event in Whittlesey. Fenland BusFest, billed as one of the area’s largest vintage vehicle gatherings, took place in Market Place on Sunday.

The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH) shop opened especially and dressed its window with a range of bus-related items and gifts. Shop manager Jeni Baines said: “It was great to be part of what’s always a very fun, popular and quirky event. It brings people into the town who don’t normally come to Whittlesey. That means we have a big footfall and a whole new audience of customers walking around our beautiful shop.

“The hope is they liked what they saw and come back. We don’t normally open on a Sunday but, for me, it’s a no-brainer opening for BusFest. We don’t rotate anything in the week leading up to it so make sure our shop is particularly well stocked. We also dress our window with any items related to buses, so do our best to support the event and get in the spirit.”

BusFest is popular with families and enthusiasts alike and organisers run a network of free services to Ramsey, Peterborough, March, Turves, Yaxley and Thorney. Visitors can also hop on a bus and head to the Classic Car Show at Ramsey and Fenland Light Railway at Mereside. All the buses arrive and depart opposite the shop.

“Thankfully the rain held off and the weather was better than forecast,” added Jeni. “From our point of view, it’s a real team effort and I’m lucky to have some brilliant volunteers who are very keen to support the shop.”

To find out more about volunteering in EACH’s Whittlesey shop, pop in, email jeni.baines@each.org.uk or call 01733 200810.


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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Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk


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