“To find out we’d raised even more than last year was beyond my wildest dreams. I was gobsmacked and lost for words” – Kyra, Nick and Elaine organise their fourth charity ball for EACH

A fundraising ball organised by a tireless trio of bereaved parents raised nearly £17,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The glamorous event, which featured live music and an auction, took place in the Lady Elizabeth Wing at Holkham Hall and was attended by 220 people.

It was organised by Kyra Welch and Nick and Elaine Loades, all of whom have been supported by EACH.

Kyra’s son, Kaiden, had a congenital heart defect and died in October 2021.

Having had open-heart surgery just three days after being born, he defied doctors by living until he was eight and half.

Nick and Elaine’s daughter, Ellie, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis shortly after birth and died in November 2013, aged 16. She received care at EACH’s former hospice, at Quidenham.

As a way of showing their appreciation, Kyra, Nick and Elaine have become dedicated champions of the charity and the ball – the fourth they have organised – took their overall fundraising tally to around £50,000.

“It went so well and I couldn’t have been happier or more pleased,” said Kyra, who lives in Wicken Green, near Fakenham.

“We raised so much last time and I can’t deny I felt a lot of pressure because of that. I didn’t let on and told people anything we raised would be a bonus.

“However, secretly, my hopes and expectations were very high, so to find out we’d raised even more was beyond my wildest dreams.

“I was gobsmacked and lost for words.”

Kyra, Nick and Elaine organised balls in 2018, 2019 and 2022, with the latter raising about £200 less than this year’s final total of £16,836.

“We’re very grateful and fortunate to have the support of so many people,” added Kyra. “Without it, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

“Many come back time after time but there were also some new faces this year, which was lovely.

“I wasn’t sure how it would go, because of the cost of living crisis. It makes events like ours more of a luxury than a need.

“However, the public are always wonderfully supportive and we couldn’t be more grateful.

“We’d like to thank all the companies that donated auction prizes and everyone who attended on the night or donated to the cause throughout the year.

“I’d also like to say the biggest thank you to a page on Instagram called Take Heart – a small army of incredible people who crocheted the most incredible sunflowers as our table favours.

“We use sunflowers to represent Kaiden. They crocheted our green love hearts last year and have been incredibly supportive over the last year.”

Kyra said that she, Nick and Elaine were especially grateful to Adrian Gladwin and the team from Diss Event Photography, the Burn Valley catering team, Sue Huckle, from Posh Plants for Topiary, Alex Asher and the Lee Vasey Band, for providing the live music, Jay’s Cleaning Services and Delta Ground Maintenance, for being canapé and prosecco sponsors, and other event sponsors Oak Frames Norfolk Ltd, Britten Farriery Ltd – Master Farrier, Mill Farm Holidays, Halls Power Equipment Ltd and Halls Property Service.

Pictures: Adrian Gladwin, Diss Event Photography 

Notes to Editors

“To need to use a children’s hospice is every parent’s worst nightmare, however, when you get there it’s the most beautiful place imaginable. It’s a lifeline to parents going through the worst possible journey and enables families to find the support that they need.”

  • 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 £6.7 million from fundraising and £7.8 million in income from our shops. Just 15% of our total income comes from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron – HRH The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call our fundraisers on 01223 800 800

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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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