The need for the nook

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

Quidenham (pictures below) has been an incredible home-from-home for many families but we already support 50% more children, young people and family members in Norfolk and North Suffolk than from our other hospices. We believe families in Norfolk and North Suffolk need to receive the very best services in an accessible purpose-built environment.

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EACH currently provides specialist care and support for 364 children and young people with an additional 452 family members receiving face-to-face therapeutic support.  With high demand for our services delivered from Quidenham, we are caring for 128 children and young people and 219 family members from Norfolk and North Suffolk. The nook will  enable us to offer greater choice in a much improved, significantly larger, and more appropriate environment to meet the increased demand for our services and to meet the changing and complex needs of the children and young people we care for. This will positively impact on care delivered both in the hospice and in the community throughout Norfolk and North Suffolk.

We have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £10 million to make our vision a reality.

See our vision
 

  • 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
  • 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 arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. 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
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • 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
  • 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
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • 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