MP Tom plans to raise the issue of children’s hospice funding after being given a guided tour of The Treehouse  

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt admitted being “incredibly impressed” after paying a heart-warming visit to the town’s children’s hospice.

Mr Hunt met staff and volunteers at The Treehouse, in St Augustine’s Gardens, which is run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

He was invited for a short meeting and given a guided tour by the charity’s chief executive, Phil Gormley, and care manager, Laura Jenkins.

Mr Hunt said: “I was incredibly impressed and can’t speak highly enough of everyone at The Treehouse.

“I very much enjoyed my visit and am keen to stay in the loop with regards future updates and developments.

“I’m keen to help and support the charity in any way I can.

“East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices is a very valued organisation in our community and I know it’s something a large number of my constituents feel strongly about supporting.

“Last week I saw exactly how much work and dedication goes into the support the incredible team is able to provide.

“The facilities are wonderful, but what makes the place so special is the people behind it.

“I have a lot of respect for them, making such a difference to the children and families they support.

“I’ll therefore be doing everything I can to support The Treehouse and EACH.

“The charity relies heavily on philanthropy and fundraising through their events and 44 shops.

“The true cost of failing to support families is much higher than investing and providing proper psychological and therapy support to siblings and parents.

“Collaborating with other East Anglian MPs, I’ll be writing letters of support for children’s hospice funding to be on a parity with adult hospice funding, which it currently isn’t.”

Mr Hunt learnt how EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk and the rest of East Anglia.

In addition to The Treehouse, the charity has two other hospices – The Nook, in Framingham Earl, near Norwich, and at Milton, near Cambridge.

Mr Gormley said: “It was a very constructive meeting with Tom.

“It was an opportunity for us to share information about how our charity cares for and supports children, young people and their families when they need us most, as well as the ways we are funded.

“The tour enabled him to meet colleagues and see, first hand, the difference our work makes.”

Mr Gormley is keen to engage with and build closer relationships with key MPs across East Anglia.

“Their support, understanding and advocacy of our charity is tremendously valuable in helping us engage with supporters and raise awareness of the critical importance of children’s palliative care,” he added.

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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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