Get To Know EACH Charity and Support Them in The February Charity Poll

Posted on 28 Jan 2022 by Amy Jackson

Who Are East Anglia's Children Hospices (EACH)?EACH Charity Logo

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) supports families and provides care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and North and West Essex. It has three hospices – The Nook, near Norwich, The Treehouse, in Ipswich, and at Milton, near Cambridge.The former, set in beautiful grounds in the village of Framingham Earl, was opened by The Duchess of Cambridge as recently as November 2019. The Duchess is the Patron of EACH.


Who Is East Anglia's Children Hospices (EACH) For?

The charity prides itself on its family-centred approach , caring not only for children and young people but also their parents, carers, brothers, sisters, grandparents and sometimes friends. They benefit from specialist nursing care, symptom management nursing, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies, care at end of life, bereavement support, counselling and volunteer services in the family home. Families also have flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies. More than half the charity’s care and support is delivered in the family home and community.


What Does East Anglia's Children Hospices (EACH) Do?

EACH is there for families in their hour of need – a lifeline at the most unimaginably hard times. They feel safe and comfortable, spending precious time together and creating memories that last forever. This is thanks to the amazing work, knowledge and expertise of its specialist team, including nurses, counsellors, care assistants, play specialists, music therapists, art therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, a family therapist, chaplains, chefs and housekeeping staff.

Around 570 children, young people and family members are receiving care at the moment. More than 370 families are benefitting from that care which, in addition to nearly 350 bereaved families, means around 720 families are on the EACH caseload. During the year they have benefitted from hundreds of sessions of overnight care, community care and hospice day care, despite the challenges of COVID.

The charity provides specialist medical and emotional support completely free of charge, which means it relies heavily on donations for the majority of its income. The year before the pandemic (2019-20), EACH received just 16% of its income from statutory sources, including from the Government, County Councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). In the year ahead, it needs to raise £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 million in retail income, from its 44 shops across East Anglia. In addition to shop sales, vital funds also come from donations, charitable trusts, gifts in wills and, of course, popular fundraising events such as the highly successful Happy Christmas Ipswich variety show, organised by local supporter Griff Rhys Jones.


How Will Your Vote Help EACH?

Clearly, the more funds EACH has, the bigger difference it can make. The charity means so much to so many, from its dedicated staff to its army of volunteers and supporters. Its hospices aren’t just about end-of-life care. They can be happy and fun places, where children and young people can live life to their full potential. Quite simply, EACH makes the world of difference to those receiving care and support, sometimes in their darkest hour.

Please cast your vote for EACH and to donate or to find out more information, head over to their website:

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