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