Families enjoyed a day of sand and sunshine during a special beach trip organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The gathering took place at Felixstowe and was for children, siblings and parents receiving care and support at The Treehouse, in Ipswich. Twenty-three youngsters came along, joined by their families, and had a memorable day by the coast.
“It was lovely and the weather was glorious,” said EACH Groups and Events Co-ordinator Lucy Hynes. “This is always a special day in our calendar and a great way to bring families together, to enjoy each other’s company and build relationships. My favourite thing is seeing the children have fun, get to know each other and gain confidence. They had a whale of a time.”
EACH organised the day at Felixstowe and hired The Hut, which has its own kitchen, toilet and facilities and is especially for charity and community groups. Children receiving care, along with parents and siblings, enjoyed glorious sunshine, playing on the beach and having a dip in the sea.
New EACH physiotherapist Lauren Messenger joined the group and other children were able to dip their toes using a specially-adapted beach wheelchair. EACH staff provided tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks, including a selection of home-made cakes and sausage rolls.
Lucy says the memorable beach day followed on from three successful open garden events at The Treehouse. Two more followed in the latter part of August. Over 100 people attended across the sessions and families were able to come together for coffee and cake, to enjoy spending time in the hospice grounds. There were also activities for children.
“The children blossomed and grew in confidence as the weeks went on,” said Lucy. “It’s been a really great summer and lovely to finish in style with our beach day.”
The trip took place on Thursday, 17th August.
Pictures: Karen Self/EACH