“It’s going to be an incredible experience and a real challenge as there’s 12,925ft of climbing – almost half the height of Mount Everest” – Steve is cycling to a sound cradle factory in Germany

A cyclist raising money to buy a specialist piece of musical equipment for a children’s hospice is riding to the factory where they are produced in Germany. Steve Swindon wants to fund a sound cradle – a musical instrument made from layers of beech and birch veneer, bonded together to create a semi-circular shape – for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) base in Milton.

EACH has one at The Nook, where his partner, Jane Rous-Milligan, is a Music Therapist, but not at its Cambridgeshire hospice. The cradle can be laid, stood vertically to provide a ‘sound shower’ or turned upside down like a dome.

On each side are 18 strings, which are tuned to a monochord. When played, they resonate the entire instrument – a resonance felt intensely throughout the body, providing a sense of safety and containment. Steve, who lives in Holt, needs to raise £4,000 and has already completed the 100-mile RideLondon event, the 200-mile Round Norfolk Epic and the 112-mile Dunwich Dynamo overnighter.

Now he is gearing up for a special ride to the factory where the sound cradles are made, in Bad Zwesten.

“It’s going to be a special visit and something I’m excited about,” said Steve.

“I’ve swapped lots of emails with the co-founders of the company that produce the sound cradles and they’ve been very interested in my fundraising. We’ve arranged to see their showroom, visit the carpenter’s workshop and have a meal together afterwards.”

Steve is making the trip with friend Mike Hill, who is co-founder of Norwich-based One Planet Pizza. The business produces vegan pizzas in a factory owned by Conveni, in Liessel, in the Netherlands.

The pair are planning to stop at the company’s headquarters on day three of their journey. Steve and Mike are getting underway on 16th August, cycling from The Nook, in Framingham Earl, to Harwich, before getting an overnight ferry to Hook of Holland. Their total cycling distance for the whole trip will be 395 miles.

“It’s going to be an incredible experience and a real challenge as there’s 12,925ft (3,940m) of climbing – almost half the height of Mount Everest,” said Steve.

After the Germany trip, my final ride is scheduled for 23rd September when I’m visiting all three EACH hospices – The Nook, The Treehouse, in Ipswich, Milton and then back to Norfolk. The estimated distance is 175 miles, which will bring my approximate distance for the year to 982 miles.

“Raising this money is very important to me, having learnt about the power of music therapy through Jane. It’s not something I knew much about beforehand but now, thanks to her, I have more understanding. I had no idea how profound an impact it has on people and the sound cradle is an incredible, stunning piece of kit.”

Steve, who runs his own ecommerce company, is already a third of the way towards his £4,000 target. To show your support and make a donation, head here.

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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