East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices is calling on the people of Norfolk to make an extra special New Year’s resolution and back the nook appeal.
The appeal, launched by EACH in November in the presence of the charity’s Royal Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, is in aid of raising £10 million to create a new purpose-built children’s hospice in Framlingham Earl.
The facility would replace the existing centre in Quidenham, which despite its valued service, is in need of replacement, with the site in Framlingham Earl identified as being a perfect location.
“Our 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,” said Mark Loades, Partnership Manager of EACH. “However, the hospice was converted from an old country house and is extremely restricted in its facilities and development.
“Care for young people over the last 20 years has become far more complicated and we are rapidly outgrowing the constraints of the Quidenham building.”
“The nook will be on an idyllic woodland plot, which will create a wonderful tranquil setting for children and families,” he said.
EACH is asking for local people to take part in events across the county to raise money, including the Great East Anglia Run in Kings Lynn on May 3, the EACH Ride for Life on June 14 in Thetford and the City of Norwich Half Marathon on November 22.
With events also including the EACH Colour Dash, it is easy for anyone to get involved.
“We need individuals, companies, schools, and communities across the whole county to be part of this exciting project, by organising events and activities, making donations and helping to raise public awareness for the project,” said Mr Loades.
To donate, text NOOK10 + £10 to 70070 or go online to www.justgiving.com/thenookappeal.
For more see www.each.org.uk