About the nook

The nook appeal is our vision to transform children’s palliative care in Norfolk and deliver even better children’s hospice care services. This includes a new purpose-built hospice in the heart of the county, called the nook.

The new site will replace our current hospice in Quidenham, a building not designed or equipped in the way our other two hospices are. Given its age and design we can’t develop the building more than we already have. Accessibility is really limited, as is flexibility, and there just isn’t the scope to expand. It’s on two floors with narrow doorways and corridors and just a single small lift to allow wheelchair access upstairs. We believe families in Norfolk need to receive the very best services in an accessible purpose-built environment.

EACH currently provides specialist care and support for 351 children and young people with an additional 417 family members receiving face-to-face therapeutic support. With high demand in Norfolk we are caring for 131 children and young people and 215 family members. The nook will allow us to do this while offering greater choice in a much improved, significantly larger, and more appropriate environment. This will positively impact on care delivered both in the hospice and in the community throughout Norfolk.

We have planning permission for a new hospice in a fantastic five-acre woodland setting; five miles south of Norwich in Framingham Earl. It will be nearer the centre of the county, much closer to local services, hospitals and road networks. It also means the majority of families and staff will travel shorter distances to receive and deliver care. Once built it will transform our care to meet the changing needs of children and help us meet the increasing demand for our services. The nook will have:

  • a far larger care area, all on a single floor
  • more areas for clinical care and improved medical and nursing equipment
  • fantastic activity areas for arts, crafts and play
  • a hydrotherapy pool – something we don’t have the space for at Quidenham
  • a large state-of-the-art sensory room
  • dedicated therapy rooms and music studio
  • larger and better equipped en-suite bedrooms for children and young people
  • en-suite family accommodation rooms
  • far more outside space for children to safely play and explore
  • a special quiet haven area for families
  • facilities for family support groups, counselling, therapies and activities.

The size and design of the building will also mean a reduction in the short-break care we have to cancel to deliver vital end of life care. The nook will enable us to do both, better, and at the same time.

We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to development and innovation. The scale and competitive cost of the project reflects the size and nature of delivering and developing such a wide range of specialist services – Norfolk families need a 21st century building for 21st century care.

We can’t achieve our aim without you! Whether you’re a business, individual or community group there are lots of ways you can get involved.  

See our vision, take a walk through the nook.

  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS

Milton

Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

Quidenham

Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH