“We had a couple of new children join our group and they fitted in brilliantly. It was an amazing and very successful day” – siblings spread their wings during a half-term trip to Duxford

Siblings soared to new heights during a visit to the aviation museum at Duxford. The half-term trip was organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) for children who are either bereaved or have a brother or sister receiving care at Milton.

Fourteen youngsters attended, ranging in age from five to 14, and highlights included sitting on a Concorde, seeing spitfires take to the sky and learning about the Battle of Britain.

“It was an amazing and very successful day,” said EACH Groups and Events Co-ordinator Joely Allard.

“Duxford is vast and it would have been lovely to have more time, because there’s so much to see and do there. However, the children enjoyed all the wonderful things and we had a couple of new siblings join our group, who fitted in brilliantly.”

The children had a chance to get crafty, making pin badges in one of the hangers, and see vehicles including army tanks and ambulances used during the Cold War. They also spent time on the play equipment before returning to Milton.

Three members of staff and three volunteers joined the children and Joely added that she was grateful to long-term supporters Dews Coaches, who once again provided transport completely free of charge. She said the siblings were particularly fond of their driver, Carol.

EACH runs sibling days during the school holidays, for children aged five and upwards. It allows them to come together, have fun and make friends in a safe environment.

The Duxford trip took place on Tuesday, 24th October.

Pictures: Dik Ng/EACH

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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