“We didn’t know what to expect, but everyone gave generously and supported the idea. It was a great success and definitely something we’ll do again next year” – pub auction raises £1,000 for EACH


A pub landlord has hailed villagers’ community spirit after they got behind a popular charity auction.

The event was organised by publicans Martin and Louise Griffiths, from The King’s Head, in North Lopham, and raised just over £2,000.

That amount has been split between East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Customers had the chance to either bid or take advantage of an ‘auction of promises’, including builders and tradesmen donating their time free of charge.

The pub’s suppliers also showed their support by contributing a pamper hamper, a barrel of beer, tickets for Norwich City and Ipswich Town matches and a tour of Woodford Brewery.

“We auctioned the promises and items and were delighted to raise as much as we did,” said Martin.

“Although it’s a long-standing tradition in the village, it was the first time we’d been involved after only taking on the pub last year.

“We didn’t know what to expect, but everyone gave generously and supported the idea. It was a great success and definitely something we’ll do again next year.”

Martin said he and his wife were delighted to support two worthy causes.

On the donation to EACH, he said: “It’s an incredible local charity and one we know lots about, as one of our regulars works in the Attleborough shop.

“The staff there also came and joined us for their Christmas lunch, so we feel a connection and were very pleased to show our support.”

EACH community fundraiser Ellie Miller (left) is pictured with a representative from the East Anglian Air Ambulance (right), receiving their cheques from Louise.

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.ukor 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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