“Staff went out to water and nurture them until they were ready to be harvested. It really has been a team effort” – pumpkin-carving proves a hit with youngsters at The Treehouse

Youngsters enjoyed a day of spook-tacular fun after carving and decorating pumpkins at The Treehouse. All bar two of the sensational squashes were grown at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) base in Ipswich.

The others were donated by a kind-hearted volunteer. The larger pumpkins were scraped out and carved, with the help of staff and using both hands and spoons.

Children receiving care also had the chance to draw on and decorate the smaller ones, before they were carefully carved by staff.

Lorraine Sheppard, an EACH Care Assistant, said: “We’ve been blessed with a bumper harvest of pumpkins, mainly thanks to Carer Emma Gawn.

“They were grown from seed, along with a few other vegetables, in our polytunnel.

“Our fantastic volunteer gardeners prepared the ground and, from then on, staff went out to water and nurture them until they were ready to be harvested.

“It really has been a team effort and the children had great fun watching them grow and carving them in the build-up to Halloween.”

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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