O Come, All Ye Faithful! Children’s charity lines up series of special festive evenings
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is looking forward to warmly welcoming supporters to a series of a carol services across Norfolk this festive season.
The charity will host five family-friendly evenings at:
- All Saints Church, Poringland at 7pm on Monday 9th December
- Norwich Cathedral, Norwich at 7pm on Wednesday 11th Dec
- King’s Lynn Minster, King’s Lynn at 6.30pm on Thursday 2th December
- Gresham’s Chapel, Holt at 7pm on Friday 13th December
Guests will have the chance to join in with traditional carols and hear some heartfelt readings – guaranteed to get everyone in the festive spirit. Following the concerts, refreshments and mince pies will be available for all to enjoy.
Tim Jenkins, EACH Community Fundraiser (Norfolk), said: “We hope to see many happy and smiling faces at this festive evening, taking place in many beautiful venues across our county.
“Community support at events like these is vital to our work, allowing us to continue providing families with a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time. Please do come along to celebrate with us as this special time of year.”
The carol services form part of the Light Up EACH Life campaign which celebrates the life of every child and family EACH cares for. Light Up EACH Life will run throughout December with a range of events and ways that people can show their support.
For more information about carol services across the region and how you can support Light Up EACH Life please visit www.each.org.uk/lightupeachlife.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge opens The Nook
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), today attended the charity’s celebration of its new Norfolk hospice, The Nook.
The royal visit came after a five-year public appeal to raise £10 million, exactly two years since the first ‘turf cutting’ at the site and just over a month since EACH welcomed the first child through the doors to receive care.
The Duchess toured the facilities, including a hydrotherapy pool and state-of-the-art sensory room, meeting children and their families along the way.
She also made a short speech to some 300 invited guests before being joined by some of the children to unveil a plaque and formally open the purpose-built hospice in Framingham Earl, around five miles south of Norwich.
The Duchess attended the launch of EACH’s fundraising appeal at the Norfolk Showground in November 2014. She also visited the charity’s previous Norfolk hospice in Quidenham, in January 2017, to receive an update on the appeal and hear more about plans for the new building.
Tracy Rennie, EACH Acting Chief Executive, said: “It’s always a pleasure when Her Royal Highness visits, but today felt like a particularly momentous celebration given how long in the making this building has been and the Duchess’s previous support for the fundraising appeal.
“The Nook has been a superb achievement by everyone here as well as all our volunteers and supporters across Norfolk, and even further afield, and this was reflected in the kind words shared by the Duchess with invited guests.
“We’re now in no doubt the way we deliver care in future will take great steps forward and give us an opportunity to try out doing things differently, and it’s obviously amazing knowing we have the backing of the Duchess.”
The Duchess became EACH Royal Patron in January 2012, officially opening its hospice in Ipswich, The Treehouse, shortly after. She has since done a great deal to help raise awareness and understanding of EACH, and children’s hospices across the world.
EACH Norfolk has previously been based on the site of the Carmelite Monastery in Quidenham. It was a home-from-home for over 25 years, but EACH outgrew it. The Nook is a 21st century building to provide 21st century care, spread across a single floor, with more areas for clinical care, larger and better equipped en-suite bedrooms, dedicated therapy rooms and much more. It will allow EACH to fully cater for an increased demand for its service and the ever-changing and more complex needs of those it cares for. Set on a five-acre woodland site, closer to the centre of the county, hospitals and road networks, it also means the majority of families and staff will travel shorter distances to receive and deliver care.
EACH offers its vital service to hundreds more across the rest of the region. This momentous year for the good cause, its hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire, opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, has celebrated its 30th anniversary whilst it has also marked 20 years since it started delivering care and support in Suffolk and East Essex.
For more information about The Nook and how to get involved in fundraising visit www.each.org.uk/thenook.
The Nook opening event was kindly sponsored by Kelling Designs, an established international interior design company based in Chelsea, London, and Norfolk. Emma Deterding, Founder and Director, and also an EACH Patron, said: “We’ve supported EACH for many years and are thrilled to be sponsoring the official opening of The Nook. It’s incredible to see The Nook become a reality. It will truly transform the care EACH is able to give to children and families in Norfolk, and we’re delighted to support the appeal.”
The event was also generously sponsored by the Hotel Folk, a group that owns six distinctive hotels and event venues across Suffolk, including Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa, Brudenell and White Lion in Aldeburgh, Crown at Woodbridge, Crown and Castle in Orford, Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel and Thorpeness Country Club.