“There were big smiles everywhere you looked” – fun-lovers have a splashing time and manage to raise more than £24,000  

Fun-loving fundraisers tackled inflatable obstacles and wobbly floating bridges during a water-themed charity event. The Bury St Edmunds Splash Out! was held in Nowton Park on Sunday (15th May) and raised more than £24,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Nearly 700 people took part and the money will help EACH continue supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia. Events fundraiser Hannah Forbester said: “It was such an exciting, fun and family-orientated day.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves – from the youngest children through to parents and grandparents. There was something for everyone and the obstacles were well pitched, in terms of difficulty.

“They were challenging but also manageable, so not too easy or hard. That’s why everyone had such an amazing time. There were big smiles everywhere you looked and it was lovely seeing people enjoying themselves.”

Adults and children had the chance to run, walk or jog through a five-kilometre course, tackling six inflatable obstacles, including wobbly floating bridges and ball dodges. There were 675 participants and the total raised was in excess of £24,000.

“We were delighted to raise so much money,” added Hannah. “It’s a significant amount that will help us continue providing our vital care services. Our thanks to everyone who bought tickets and came along, as well as those who sponsored them and helped us raise this total.

“I’d also like to say thank you to the amazing volunteers who gave up their time to help ensure everything ran smoothly. We’re extremely grateful to our headline sponsors, RC Treatt. They provided a dozen volunteers who also enjoyed taking on the challenge. Thank you also to the sponsors of our obstacles – Suffolk Secrets, Premier Travel and Beckett Investment Management Group.”

EACH is holding another fun-filled Splash Out! on 17th September (10am until 1pm), this time at Huntingdon Racecourse.

“We’re looking forward to doing it all over again later in the year,” said Hannah. “It’s worth noting that you don’t have to complete the 5k course and little ones can do half the distance – three obstacles over a 2.5km course. The whole course is very flexible and if a child doesn’t like the look of one of the obstacles, they can easily move on.”

Children must be four years and over to take part. For more information and to book tickets, head here.

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Notes to Editors

“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”

  • 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 or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.

Keep in touch:

www.each.org.uk
www.twitter.com/EACH_hospices
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www.instagram.com/eachhospices
www.linkedin.com/company/eachhospices

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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