The ski’s the limit as siblings enjoy a day of half-term thrills and spills

Children enjoyed an adrenaline-filled day of thrills, spills and smiles during special events at Suffolk Leisure Park and Norfolk Snowsports Club.

The fun days were organised by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), for the siblings of youngsters receiving care at The Treehouse, in Ipswich, and The Nook, in Framingham Earl.

They were invited along during their school half-term and enjoyed the chance to whizz down the slope on tubes and toboggans.

In total, 21 children took part in the Ipswich event and 18 in Norwich.

The previous week, during the Essex half-term, three siblings from Colchester enjoyed their own day of high-speed fun on the Ipswich slope.

The children were treated to lunch, played games and also took part in craft activities.

Jenna Kent, EACH Events and Groups Co-ordinator, said: “They had such fun and it was a joy to see the smiles on their faces.

“Their confidence grew as the day went on. To start with, understandably, they were a little reluctant and unsure but by the end they were whizzing down the slope.

“They wanted to go faster and faster and were asking to be spun round. It was lovely seeing how the children looked after each other.

“It was a huge success and I heard positive comments from both the children and their parents. The feedback was great, with lots of thank you messages and kind comments.

“Our sibling days are such an important part of the service we provide and, after so much disruption because of the pandemic, it was great having everyone together again.

“Thanks also to the ski centres for having us and giving the children such a brilliant and memorable day.”

EACH runs sibling days during every school holiday. They allow siblings to come together, have fun and make friends in a safe environment.

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Notes to Editors

“Without EACH I really don’t believe we would have made it this far together as a family. They make a really hard time just that little easier to deal with.”

  • 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 £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 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 Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk

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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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