“It was a real pleasure to spend time with such a nice, well-behaved group” – siblings step back in time for a day of a prehistoric fun at ROARR!

Children enjoyed a roar-some day of prehistoric fun when visiting a dinosaur-themed adventure park.

The trip to ROARR!, in Lenwade, just outside Norwich, was organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) for siblings who are either bereaved or have a brother or sister receiving care at The Nook.

Fourteen youngsters, joined by two members of staff and four volunteers, enjoyed a host of activities, including stepping back in time to follow a life-size dinosaur trail.

EACH Play Specialist Clare Oakley said: “We had a brilliant day, despite the torrential rain.

“The children learnt about the history of dinosaurs and had the chance to collect stamps around the park. They also enjoyed an animal experience – getting to touch and stroke a snake – as well as visiting a petting farm.

“It was a real pleasure to spend time with such a nice, well-behaved group. We had a couple of newcomers and they embraced the experience, fitting in so well. The older ones took them under their wing, which was lovely to see.”

The children ranged in age from five to 16. They decorated pumpkin pictures while others with a head for heights had a go on a zip wire, high ropes and play equipment.

There were also fairground rides, as well as a soft-play centre and picnic area, giving everyone a chance to escape the soggy conditions. 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 ROARR! trip took place on Tuesday, 24th October.


Pictures: Karen Self/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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