“The crew were very enthusiastic, had so much time for the children and couldn’t do enough for us” – siblings have the chance to try their hand at being firefighters

Youngsters went out in a blaze of glory after becoming mini firefighters for the day.

The action-packed day at Cambridge Fire Station was organised for siblings who are either bereaved or have a brother or sister receiving care at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) base in Milton.

Thirteen children were given a guided tour of a fire engine and shown how to use equipment, including having a go at rolling out giant hoses.

They enjoyed races to get dressed in full firefighting uniform, including boots and helmets, sat in an engine and squirted water from hoses.

Another highlight was working in teams to use inflatable boats and rescue a toy animal – just as firefighters may do when saving someone from a pond, lake or river.

EACH Play Specialist Helen Thrower said: “It was such a great day and our thanks go to the entire Green Watch crew at Cambridge Fire Station.

“They went to a great deal of effort to give the children a fabulous day.

“They were very enthusiastic, had so much time for us and couldn’t do enough.”

The children enjoyed a packed lunch together and were given stickers and activity packs to take home.

The day started and finished at Milton, where the group travelled by luxury coach courtesy of Dews Coaches.

The Cambridge-based company are long-term supporters and provide transport for sibling days completely free of charge.

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.

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

In addition to Milton, it also has The Treehouse, in Ipswich, and The Nook, in Framingham Earl, near Norwich.

Pictures: Dik Ng/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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