“I’m very excited to be organising another ball. It gives me a reason to carry on and I love doing things in James’ memory” – Susie has raised more than £41,000 for EACH

A mum with a “lifelong connection” to a charity close to her heart is arranging a fundraising ball in memory of her son. James Thorndyke had Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and received care at EACH’s former Quidenham hospice.

He died five days short of his first birthday, in February 2017.

Ever since, mum Susie, from Forncett St Mary, has become a great supporter and successful fundraiser, donating more than £41,000.

The bulk of that money has come from two charity balls and she is arranging a third at Dunston Hall Hotel, just outside Norwich, on Saturday, 9th March 2024.

“I’m very excited to be organising another ball,” said Susie, who, together with husband Justin, a farmer, has 11-year-old twins, Oliver and Ethan, and a five-year-old daughter, Katie.

“The previous two have been great and I’m proud to have raised so much. I’m delighted and feel organising fundraisers like this keeps me going.

“It gives me a reason to carry on and I love doing things in James’ memory. EACH is an amazing charity and will always be important to me.

“I’ll always have that lifelong connection and be eternally grateful for the care and support we received, as a family.”

Susie’s ball will run from 6.30pm until midnight and tickets cost £47 (tables of ten are available). The price includes an arrival drink and three-course set meal.

There will also be a raffle, auction, casino tables and live music from Agent Orange. To book a ticket, call Susie on 07918 556323 or email susieash12@gmail.com

She would also love to hear from any individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring the ball.

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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