“The children, not to mention staff and volunteers, fell in love with the animals” – ducklings, lambs, bunnies and miniature donkeys prove popular during a siblings’ day at The Treehouse

Adorable ducklings, bunnies, lambs and donkeys sprinkled some Easter magic while visiting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The event was organised for siblings who are either bereaved or have a brother or sister receiving care at The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

The group featured a range of ages and they enjoyed meeting lots of cuddly creatures, having the chance to hold, walk and stroke them.

EACH Groups and Events Co-ordinator Lucy Hynes said: “The animals proved a huge hit with the children, who had a wonderful day. Thumbelina and Tinkerbelle, the miniature donkeys, proved especially popular and our thanks go to their owner, Jude Pearce, who visited from Mersea Island.

“We’re also very thankful to Molly Smith and Robyn from Allonsfield Farm – a therapy farm based at Allonsfield House Nursing Home, in Campsea Ashe, near Woodbridge.

“They brought lots of animals along and the children, not to mention staff and volunteers, fell in love with them!”

In addition to spending time with their loveable visitors, the children also took part in an egg hunt, played Easter Bingo and were given a chocolate egg to enjoy at home.

EACH runs sibling days during the school holidays, for children aged five upwards.

“They allow siblings to come together, have fun and make friends in a safe environment,” added Lucy.

“It’s a time for them to get together and meet others in similar situations to themselves.”

EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk.

In addition to The Treehouse, it also has hospices near Norwich and Cambridge.

Pictures: Karen Self/EACH

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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