Nearly 200 people braved wet weather to attend an open day and raise almost £1,500 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Visitors had the chance to explore The Nook, in Framingham Earl, during a day of Easter fun.
They enjoyed arts and crafts and an egg hunt, plus a tombola, raffle and refreshments. It was the first community event to be held at The Nook since it was opened by EACH Patron The Princess of Wales – then The Duchess of Cambridge – in November 2019.
“It was a hugely successful day,” said EACH Community Fundraiser Megan Kemp, who jointly organised the event with colleague Ellie Miller.
“The weather let us down but a good time was had by all and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who turned out and supported us. Around 200 people enjoyed some Easter fun, including families supported by our team here at The Nook.
“Thanks to such great community engagement and supported by an army of volunteers, I’m pleased to say we raised almost £1,500. It’s an incredible amount and we were also delighted to receive such positive feedback. People were asking when the next event is happening.”
There was live music from the Spangle steel pan band and visitors had the chance to have their picture taken with the Norfolk Ghostbusters – a group of die-hard film fans who dress as characters from the blockbuster film and organise bucket collections for EACH.
They also use banners, flags and balloons to raise awareness of the charity and presented a cheque for £379 to Megan last October.
The majority of the Easter eggs were kindly donated by NIQ Brandbank, Tesco, the Cambridge office of Ensors chartered accountants, Wolseley Plumbing and Heating and Nationwide Building Society, in St Stephens Street, Norwich.
EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk and the rest of East Anglia. In addition to The Nook, it has two other hospices in Ipswich and near Cambridge.
Pictures: Karen Self/EACH