“Red Watch crew pulled out all the stops and we loved watching the siblings’ faces. It was such a brilliant trip” – mini-firefighters are treated to a memorable behind-the-scenes experience

Youngsters blazed a trail to their local fire station for an action-packed day of fun and learning.

The event, at Carrow Fire Station, in Norwich, was organised for siblings who are either bereaved or have a brother or sister receiving care at The Nook – the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) base in Framingham Earl.

They were treated to a memorable behind-the-scenes experience of what happens at a busy fire station. They had the chance to try on kit, explore an engine and use hoses to tackle a ‘fire’.

They also ‘saved’ a dummy by throwing a line, as well as attaching equipment to a hydrant and filling a pool. Another highlight came when a 999 call came into the control room, asking for help to rescue one of the children’s pets – a bearded dragon who was stuck down a toilet!

“What a fantastic welcome we received,” said EACH Play Specialist Clare Oakley.

“Red Watch crew pulled out all the stops and we loved watching the siblings’ faces. It was such a brilliant trip.”

The trip, which took place during half-term, was made possible thanks to the help and support of three volunteers. EACH runs sibling days during the school holidays, for children aged five upwards.

They allow siblings to come together, have fun and make friends in a safe environment. EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex.

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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