Tea party gives families the chance to build friendships and reacquaint themselves with The Nook

Children, young people and families receiving care and support from a leading hospice enjoyed an afternoon of fun together. A special tea party was held at The Nook, the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) base in Framingham Earl, near Norwich

Around 60 people from 20 families attended and enjoyed chatting to each other and staff about their experiences, as well as spending time in the hospice’s beautiful grounds. They enjoyed tea, coffee, cake, sandwiches and sausage rolls in a belated jubilee celebration. Service manager Louise Gower said: “It was a lovely afternoon.

“We organised the event to welcome families either new to the hospice or those returning, having not been able to visit during the pandemic. It gave them a chance to see or reacquaint themselves with the building, as well as meeting staff and generally getting used to the surroundings.”

Those that attended were families currently using the hospice or bereaved families, including some that previously visited EACH’s former Norfolk base at Quidenham. “It gave families the chance to interact – something that was very difficult during the pandemic – and build up a network of friends and contacts,” added Louise.

“In some cases, that meant meeting others who might be experiencing similar things to themselves.” Among the highlights was a visit from the clown doctors, who brought some eye-catching bubble nets, and Jack the miniature Shetland pony.

Both proved a hit with youngsters, as did Jeff Sharkey from Musical Keys – a charity that provides music and arts activities for people with disabilities and additional needs across Norfolk. Families gathered around and joined in, interacting and thoroughly enjoying his session. There was also a chance to win a giant, cuddly caterpillar.

The winner was Daisy Newman, who correctly guessed that the colourful creature was called Mildred. She picked that because it was her grandmother’s name. “It turns out she adores caterpillars and even wore stripey socks to prove it,” said Louise. “Her family were over the moon when she won as Daisy is very tactile and Mildred is so soft and colourful. They are an incredible family and told us they haven’t been anywhere all together since Covid. Until now.”


Notes to Editors

“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”

  • 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 £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 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 Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.

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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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