Proud Andy is humbled to have his fundraising efforts recognised by the Mayor  

Ipswich’s Andy Blacker admitted being proud, humbled and excited after having his fundraising exploits recognised by Mayor Elizabeth Hughes.


The 58-year-old was invited to a celebratory afternoon tea at the Town Hall and Corn Exchange.


Wife Kay and son Matthew, 17, also attended on a memorable day for the Blacker family.


Andy, who has secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS), has taken on various fundraising challenges and recently completed an epic walking event for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).


This was despite using two sticks and having associated symptom ‘foot drop’, which means he has to wear a splint on his right leg and struggles to walk just a few metres unaided.


Nevertheless, Andy challenged himself to walk 250 miles up and down Landseer Road, in Ipswich, between 1st September and the end of February and he triumphantly reached his target on the 19th.


In the process, he was thrilled to raise more than £900 for EACH – and it brought his overall mileage to 500 since he started recording his distance on 14th March 2021.


In total, including previous challenges, Andy has raised more than £4,500 for EACH.


He has also donated to other charities and, in total, over the course of 11 months, raised an amazing £9,650.


“I was excited, proud and humbled to receive my invitation from the Mayor,” said Andy.


“It was a lovely afternoon.


“The Mayor was fantastic – very warm and welcoming and we all got on so well. I enjoyed sharing a joke or two with her.


“I never expect to have my efforts recognised and don’t do these things for thanks.


“However, it’s a lovely feeling to be acknowledged and I’m extremely grateful. It was a wonderful experience.”



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 or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.

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