“We’re grateful to the many customers who have donated items or made purchases, as well as the volunteers who give up their time to help out” – celebrations to mark the fourth birthday of EACH’s Dovercourt shop

Staff and volunteers have been celebrating after their charity shop – described as a “hub of the community” – celebrated its fourth birthday. The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) store in Main Road, Dovercourt, opened in March 2019.

Customers spent £950 in the first two hours of trading and the shop has gone from strength to strength ever since, raising vital funds for the charity. Kathryn Newell became manager six months ago and said: “Myself and the team were very excited to celebrate our shop’s fourth birthday on Tuesday (14th March).

“It’s a milestone and the shop has become an integral hub of the community, with many loyal customers visiting regularly to browse our ever-changing stock. From clothing to books and household goods, there’s always something new to discover and they love it.

“As a team, we’re grateful to the many customers who have donated items or made purchases, as well as the volunteers who give up their time to help out. We’re excited about the future and determined to keep making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families.”

Kathryn has a wealth of experience in retail management and is supported by deputy manager Tracy Lines. The pair are indebted to their dedicated team of volunteers, who ensure the shop runs smoothly.

“They work tirelessly to sort, price and display donated items,” said Kathryn.

“They’re passionate about supporting the charity’s work and are always happy to help customers find the special items they’re looking for. The shop’s success is due to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.”

As part of the birthday celebrations, all customers who made a purchase on Tuesday were entered into a raffle to win a basket of goodies. EACH supports families and cares for children with life-threatening conditions across North and West Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

It has three hospices, including The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

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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