“There was a street party vibe and it was relaxing, quality time – a safe space for everyone to unwind and enjoy each other’s company” – live music, games and storytelling are among the highlights of EACH’s belated Coronation celebration

Children and families came together for a sun-drenched day of belated Coronation celebrations. Live music, face-painting, arts, crafts and a delicious afternoon tea were among the highlights of Saturday’s event at The Nook, in Framingham Earl.

Youngsters also enjoyed blowing bubbles and playing traditional garden games, in addition to interactive storytelling and a sensory tent. Others enjoyed having their picture taken alongside cardboard cut-out soldiers in a special photobooth.

The Coronation street party was attended by 60 people and organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Wellbeing Lead Jayne Chesterton said: “It was a lovely afternoon and we were blessed with glorious sunshine.

“I was struck by how many people and areas of the organisation came together, from members of the Care team to colleagues from Fundraising, Marketing and Communications and Facilities.

“Everyone was there to make it a very positive and enjoyable event for families. There was a street party vibe and it was relaxing, quality time – a safe space for everyone to unwind and enjoy each other’s company.

“As well as the children, mums and dads, we were also joined by grandparents and one young lady brought her best friend as she wanted her to see The Nook.

“The children who were with us for care also joined in and their families came along to join in the celebrations.”

Also in attendance were some wonderful EACH volunteers, along with three volunteers from Center Parcs.

“The Clown Doctors, who use interactive, creative play and song to engage children, also came while a volunteer interactive storyteller captured families’ imagination and Jeff Sharkey, from Musical Keys, was an engaging, familiar and friendly face,” added Jayne.

“We also invited along a chap called Colin, who has been to previous events and brings along a traditional organ. His music provided a perfect backdrop and it turned out it was his 70th birthday.

“It was wonderful that he came along to share his special day with us and I’m delighted to say he’s now signed up to become a fully-fledged volunteer.”

Two others, a 13-year-old sibling and one of the mums, were also celebrating their big days and Jeff, from Musical Keys, sang Happy Birthday. EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Pictures: Karen Self/EACH

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • 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 £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 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 Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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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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