“We see things like this as an important way of raising both funds and awareness and are rightly proud of our beautiful shop” – Santa is getting set for a day of festive fun in Colchester

Santa Claus is swapping his workshop for a day of festive fun in Colchester.

The event, which will include live music, a raffle and tombola, is being held at the town’s East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) High Street shop on 8th December.

A series of treats are being planned and shoppers will have the chance to grab some last-minute stocking fillers. The main attraction will be a visit from Santa, taking time out from his busy schedule between 12pm and 4pm.

There will be gifts for children and the raffle, which will run from the previous Friday (1st December), will be drawn at 4pm. Shop manager Sammy Mauldin said: “We organised a similar community event last year and it was such a success.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was a lovely, fun way to encourage more customers to pay us a visit and get in the Christmas spirit.

“We see things like this as an important way of raising both funds and awareness and are rightly proud of our beautiful shop, so enjoy welcoming new and old faces.”

EACH has two shops in Colchester, with the other being its Angora Park store in Peartree Road, Stanway. There are others in Clacton, Dovercourt, Frinton and Halstead.

Deputy Shop Manager Suzanne Baker added: “Sammy and myself would like to thank our customers for their continued support and wish them a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2024.

“We’d also like to say thank you to our wonderful volunteers, for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

“They help us create a real family environment and anyone interested in joining our friendly team would be very welcome to call in for a chat on the 8th.

“We’re always on the lookout for more help and there are a range of roles to suit all interests and skill sets.”

Meanwhile, customers at a neighbouring EACH shop in North Essex have the chance to win a hamper packed with Christmas goodies.

The raffle is being organised by staff and volunteers at the store in Main Road, Dovercourt. Tickets cost £1 and the draw will take place at 4pm on Saturday, 16th December.

The top prize is a hamper containing more than £75 worth of food and wine, based around the idea of a full family Christmas.

“It’s a fantastic prize and one that hopefully generates lots of interest and excitement,” said shop manager Kathryn Newell.

“Tickets are now on sale and, while they’re in the shop, customers may also like to take a look at our beautiful range of Christmas cards.”

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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Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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