Friday, 6 February 2015

Looking at the EACH (East Anglia's Children's Hospices) Nook Appeal. An appeal to raise £10 million. A vision for Norfolk to provide even better children's hospice care services in the heart of the county. Including an Emma Bridgewater collection to help raise funds.

From babies to young people up to the age of 18, EACH support families, children and young people living with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement. They do this through a range of services delivered where the family wish either in their own home, at hospital, in the community or at one of their hospices in Milton, Ipswich and Quidenham.

The Quidenham hospice is one of the oldest in the UK and has been an incredible home-from-home to many families for more than 20 years. However the hospice was converted from an old country house and is extremely restricted in its facilities and development. The demand on the services at the Quidenham continues to increase and the care for young people over the last decade has become far more complicated and they are rapidly outgrowing the constraints of the building.

This is where the plans for a new hospice, the Nook, steps in. EACH have received planning permission for the new hospice on a five acre site in the parish of Framingham Earl. 

The Nook will have;

A significantly larger care area on a single floor

Seven larger, better equipped bedrooms for children and young people 

Three en-suite family accommodation rooms

Activity areas for arts, crafts, sand and water play

A hydrotherapy pool and changing facilities 

En-suite bathrooms for all bedrooms

Private areas for clinical treatment

A sensory room

A quiet ‘haven’

Therapy rooms, including for music and counselling

An outdoor play area with specialist equipment

Training, meeting and resource rooms

More storage facilities

Their vision for the Nook hospice can be found here, taking you on a virtual walk through of what they would like to achieve.

This cannot be achieved without help and support for the Nook appeal that needs to raise £10 million to achieve their target and get the nook built and their vision made a reality. They are currently fundraising in many different ways including The Great Gatsby Charity Ball, the EACH Grand Prix 2015, the hospice to hospice cycle ride, the Nook colour dash 2015 and many, many more events to get involved with that can be found here; EACH Nook events 2015

As well as all of the events listed on the EACH website they also have a DONATE page where donations, no matter how big or small, can be made via their website. 

For example a donation of £5 means they can provide art supplies for a session of specialist play, £10 will provide meals for a family staying at the hospice and £74 pays for two hours of bereavement support for all family members. These are just a few examples of how the money gets put to good use by the hospice. 

The Nook Appeal has currently raised £500,000 in just 10 weeks which is just incredible but they still have a long way to go to reach their £10 million goal.

The hospice is also supported by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge who has been their Royal Patron since January 2012. Later this month (February 2015) the Duchess of Cambridge will join EACH staff at Emma Bridgewater in Stoke to learn more about a special pottery project which will raise vital awareness and funds for the nook appeal. £5 from each sale will go towards the nook appeal and they are available to pre order from the Emma Bridgewater website from February 18th.

The Emma Bridgewater designs to raise money for the nook appeal, on sale soon

Thank you for your time to read through and learn about what the EACH hospices do nad what they would like to achieve with their vision of the Nook hospital, this can not be done without help, support and donations from various fundraising events and donations via their website. So please, if you can attend one of their many events they have running throughout 2015 please get in touch with them. Also any donations made via their website, no matter what amount, will of course be gratefully received by the appeal. Thank you. 

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