A leading children’s charity has launched details of its “fun, packed and varied” fundraising events for 2023. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has six eagerly-awaited dates in the diary, including a new 16-mile walking challenge and a pulse-racing tree climb and bungee jump in Thetford Forest.
Last year, 4,850 people took part in EACH events, raising an eye-watering £306,000, and hopes are high that the latter figure can be eclipsed in 2023. Details of all six events are now on the charity’s website and there is an early-bird discount scheme for anyone signing up by the end of January.
EACH Events Fundraiser Emma Cook said: “We’re incredibly excited about our calendar of events and, in terms of income generated, hoping it will be our biggest and best year yet. That would be amazing. It’s such a fun, packed and varied schedule and, in addition to staple events that always prove popular, we’re looking forward to a couple of new additions.
“One is our Tree Top Drop Challenge, which involves a 20-metre tree climb and bungee jump at Thorpe Woodland Adventure, in Thetford Forest. Then we’ve got our new Suffolk Pier 2 Pier walk – a 16-mile coastal walk from Lowestoft to Southwold.
“Both will be great and people can sign-up for any of our six events now. Events fundraising is vitally important to our charity and, by signing up, the public are directly helping us to continue our work caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, as well as supporting their families.”
EACH’s fundraising diary kicks off with its Ride for Life event, from 12th to 14th May. The popular challenge, for keen cyclists and amateurs alike, takes participants on a journey through the stunning East Anglian countryside. The one-day cost is £35, with participants asked to raise at least £150, while the three-day figures are £150 and £750 respectively. Accommodation is included.
The annual Cromer to Great Yarmouth Pier 2 Pier walk is scheduled for 10th June. This fundraiser takes participants on a 32-mile walk along the beautiful Norfolk Coastal Path. Early-bird tickets cost £50 or £60, with the latter including a morning coach transfer from Great Yarmouth to Cromer.
There are two more events in the diary for July. The first is The Piglet, Junior Hog, at Wantisden Hall, near Woodbridge, on 9th July. The muddy four-kilometre course features more than 20 obstacles. A child ticket costs £15 while adult tickets are £20 and a family ticket (two adults and two children) is £65.
EACH’s foam-filled Norwich Bubble Rush will take place at the Norfolk Showground on 16th July and the course once again features four bubble stations along a 2.5km route. Participants can do one lap or double their enjoyment by completing the circuit twice.
Each bubble station has a cannon which pumps out coloured foam to create a four-foot deep bubble bath. The early-bird prices are £4 for children under four, £10 for children aged four to 15, £17.50 for adults and £50 for a family ticket (two adults and two children).
The new Tree Top Drop Challenge is taking place on 11th August and the cost for both adults and children (who must be over the age of eight) is £20. EACH’s final event is the new Pier 2 Pier walk in Suffolk, scheduled for 2nd September.
As with the Norfolk version, the early-bird prices are £40 and £50, with the latter including a morning coach transfer from Southwold to Lowestoft.
“It’s a diverse selection of events and we hope there’s something for everyone, from those that are more physically demanding to others that will appeal to families with children,” added Emma.
“As a charity, we pride ourselves on offering the very best, world-class care and support to children, young people and families and funds raised from these events are invaluable. We hope people take advantage of our early-bird discount scheme by signing up as soon as possible.”
EACH has three hospices – The Nook, in Framingham Earl, near Norwich, The Treehouse, In Ipswich and at Milton, near Cambridge.