“Volunteers are the fuel that drives our organisation forward” – EACH Chief Executive Phil pays tribute during national Volunteers’ Week

It’s a special, significant week for everyone here at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The 38th annual Volunteers’ Week (1st to 7th June) is a national celebration and our chance to say a truly heartfelt thanks to the extraordinary army of people who give up their time to help our wonderful cause.

From those who support families in their own homes to others who work in our hospices, shops and help at fundraising events, we owe these selfless heroes a huge debt of gratitude.

The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘a time to say thanks’ and, quite simply, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do – supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions – without these kind-hearted individuals.

We all know how vital the support of volunteers has been to charities and local communities in the last year and it’s no exaggeration or over-statement to say our operation would grind to a halt without them. That’s the reality of the situation.

Of course, we can always do with extra help and I’d wholeheartedly encourage anyone to step forward and join us.

We’re blessed with a passionate, dedicated team who work tirelessly for the cause but are always looking for extra pairs of hands. We can never have too many!

I can guarantee a friendly and appreciative welcome and I’m sure you will get something special from it, too, working in a sociable, productive environment where you feel safe and supported.

There’s always plenty going on and it’s an opportunity to meet people, learn new skills and develop friendships.

It doesn’t matter if you can only offer a couple of hours a week or even fortnight. A little helps makes a big difference.

Volunteers are the fuel that drives our organisation forward and it’s thanks to them – and you, potentially – that we’re able to provide our vital care services.

If you fancy joining our team, please do email volunteerservices@each.org.uk or get more details via each.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering

We’d be delighted to hear from you.

For now, though, I’d like to say a sincere thanks once again to our legion of brilliant, wonderful volunteers.

You are at the very heart of everything we do.

Best wishes,

Phil Gormley

EACH Chief Executive



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.

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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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