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Friends Group

What is a Friends Group ?

It's quite simply a group of people that wish to support EACH, who get together on a regular basis to have fun while raising funds for the work of the hospices. They provide a vital link to the local community and help raise the profile of the charity.

What does a Friends Group do ?

  • Arranging local fundraising events (such as sales and fairs, quiz nights, jumble sales, coffee mornings etc)
  • Organising public collections in the town or supermarket
  • Placing and maintaining collection boxes (in local shops, pubs etc)
  • Circulating leaflets and awareness posters in the community
  • Groups may also be involved in talking to other organisations about the work of EACH, in order to encourage them to support the work that we do.

How are groups structured and run ?

This depends on how large or small the group would like to be, but generally the groups consist of:
  • Someone good at paperwork and admin, to write letters/keep records/take minutes etc. 
  • A person comfortable with figures who could organise ‘floats’ for events and the recording and banking of funds raised
  • A volunteer to represent and lead the group, chairing meetings and being the main contact for the fundraising team
  • It’s not all about being on a committee, just as important are people who could help at events, as and when required.

How do I join an existing group ?

Simply contact your nearest group for a chat, contact us and your local fundraiser will get in touch.

How do I start my own group ?

You simply get together with your local Fundraiser, to discuss the background of the charity and decide on the kind of things the group would like to do. Often, the best way of starting things off would be to organise a small and straightforward fundraising event and take it from there.

Contact details for our existing Friends Groups are as follows:

Cambridgeshire

Contact Grace Nalty grace.nalty@each.org.uk 01223 205198

Ely

Huntingdon & St Ives

Milton

Peterborough

Essex

Colchester: Helen Chapman helen.chapman@each.org.uk 01473 276196 

Norfolk

Diss - Cheri Playne cheri.playne@each.org.uk

Framingham Earl: Contact Emma Lord - emma.lord@each.org.uk - 01953 666767

Nook - Tal Williams tal.williams@each.org.uk

North Norfolk - Cheri Playne cheri.playne@each.org.uk

Norwich - Emma Benstead emma.benstead@each.org.uk

Suffolk

Felixstowe - Natasha Brame natasha.brame@each.org.uk 01473 276196

Lowestoft - Tal Williams tal.williams@each.org.uk

Woodbridge - Natasha Brame natasha.brame@each.org.uk 01473 276196

  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS

Milton

Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

Quidenham

Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH