“The children enjoyed trying on uniform and loved the chance to sit in a police car” – siblings have a welcome brush with the law after meeting special visitors at The Nook

Children learnt more about the work of the police during a special visit organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The half-term treat was for siblings being supported at The Nook, in Framingham Earl. They were either bereaved or those with a brother or sister receiving care.

Eleven youngsters between the ages of five and 15 took part and enjoyed meeting two constables from Norfolk Constabulary.

As well as asking questions, they tried on police uniform, found out more about the items they carry and had the chance to sit in a police car.

EACH Play Specialist Clare Oakley said: “We had a lovely, busy and wonderful day together and were grateful to PC Jimmy and PC Tom.

“They were fantastic and taught us lots about the valuable work they do.

“The children enjoyed trying on uniform, which was fun and hilarious, and loved the chance to sit in a police car.

“They learnt where the siren comes from, how to switch the lights on and what it’s like to be in a police chase.”

The fun-packed day started with some colouring activities and, as well as enjoying homemade cakes mid-morning, the children got creative by making pizzas for lunch.

While they were cooking, they let off steam by spending time using the hospice’s new playground.

After lunch, they had the chance to reflect when taking part in an ‘I wish you knew…’ task.

They were asked to complete the sentence and write something they wished other children knew about sibling days and EACH generally – particularly for those who might be apprehensive about coming to The Nook.

“There were some beautiful responses and some of the older ones produced answers relevant to their own personal journeys,” added Clare.

“In addition, one of the children, who is five, drew a picture of his little sister who had sadly died.

“As you can imagine, it was an emotional session for us all.”

After finishing with a game – attempting to pick up sweets with chopsticks – parents came along and enjoyed a cup of tea together before heading home.

The sibling day took place on Friday, 31st May.

Find our notes to editors here.

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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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