Let it grow! New polytunnel is set to bear fruit for staff, volunteers and families at The Treehouse

Eco-friendly staff at a leading children’s charity plan to start growing delicious fruit and vegetables for their hospice kitchen. A new polytunnel has been put up at The Treehouse, in Ipswich, which is run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). It will be used by staff and there are already plans to start a gardening club.

Facilities Site Manager Lisa Payne said: “The polytunnel is a very welcome addition to our beautiful hospice grounds. It will allow us to grow our own fruit and vegetables and we hope to use some of the produce for seasonal meals. Hopefully it will also help service users interact with nature and plants.”

Meanwhile, EACH staff have the chance to do their bit for the environment by using designated battery recycling points at the organisation’s three hospices – The Treehouse, The Nook, near Norwich, and at Milton, near Cambridge.

EACH Facilities Administrator Polly Fellows, said: “Old batteries in landfill are a real problem because, as they corrode, their chemicals soak into the soil and contaminate groundwater and surface water.

“To try and do our bit, we now have a new battery recycling point at each of our three hospices, for staff to dispose of their home and work batteries safely.”


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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