High winds failed to take the shine off a heartwarming Winter Wonderland event at The Nook.
The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) base opened its doors for a special festive celebration with children, young people and families receiving care and support.
Among the highlights were arts and crafts, music and dancing from a talented performing arts group, treats in the dining room and a chance to meet Father Christmas.
Families were also able to look outside and see the beautiful lights and decorations in the hospice gardens.
“The original plan had been to spend time outdoors but we decided to make it more of an indoor gathering, because of the wind,” said Service Manager Louise Gower.
“We had to change our plans but it added to the atmosphere and sense of community spirit.
“Rather than being more separate outside, families were able to come together, chat and reconnect over a mince pie and hot chocolate.
“It was so lovely and the feedback we’ve had has been very positive.
“One person spoke of kindness, warmth and smiling faces and said it reminded them of what is truly magic about Christmas.”
Thirty-five families came along and they were greeted by a snow machine upon arriving at The Nook.
Youngsters enjoyed meeting Father Christmas and tucked into treats including hot dogs, jacket potatoes, sausage rolls and cookies. Families were also left spellbound by a stunning performance from a local performing arts group.
“They were amazing, putting on a very moving dance performance and singing some beautiful Christmas songs,” added Louise.
“It was very special and emotional and they’ve already agreed to come back next year, which is fantastic.”
The Christmas lights and decorations were partly funded by a generous grant from Together for Short Lives.
Pictures: Karen Self/EACH