“We hope the money raised will bring light into the lives of those that need support at the most difficult time of their lives” – festive fundraisers from Christmas Lane present a cheque for nearly £1,500

Community-minded residents from an aptly-named street have handed over a bumper cheque to charity.

Kind-hearted people living in Christmas Lane, Lowestoft, decorated and illuminated their houses during the festive season and raised nearly £1,500 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Visitors came from far and wide to see the eye-catching extravaganza and were asked to pop donations in collection buckets.

A cheque for £1,412 was recently handed over by residents Denise Bretton and Paul Gray to EACH Community Fundraiser Megan Kemp.

The presentation took place at The Nook – EACH’s hospice in Framingham Earl, near Norwich.

“It’s been so rewarding for Christmas Lane residents to raise money for EACH – a charity we immediately agreed upon,” said Richard Louis Ainslie, who hatched the original plan for the fundraiser with Denise.

“As we bring light to the people of Lowestoft and further afield, we hope the money raised will bring light into the lives of those that need support, medically and emotionally, at the most difficult time of their lives.

“It’s been amazing to create such a strong bond with EACH – one that will keep becoming stronger.”

The magical displays, featuring every house in the lane, some in nearby Prospect Road and one in Noel Road, contain thousands of twinkling lights and everything from stars and bells to snowmen and Santas.

Megan said: “It’s an extremely kind gesture from the people of Christmas Lane.

“The displays sound truly stunning and every penny donated will help us provide care and support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and their families, right across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.”

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • 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 £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 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 Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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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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