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East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

EACH cares for over 300 children with life-threatening conditions each year, and provide emotional and practical support to around 1,000 family members (parents, siblings, grandparents) across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and north Essex. Please help to fund all/any of our 3 regional care teams

Ongoing - 365 days a year

Charity information: East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

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  • Need


    There are an estimated 23,500 children in the UK who are not expected to reach adulthood. Caring for a child or young person with a life-threatening illness, often for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, puts a huge strain on family life. Life can become governed by the timetable of nursing and medical needs. Careers may have to be put on hold, healthy brothers and sisters can feel left out and regular family activities and holidays can be rare. Families also go through a long grieving process.


    Our care teams help children and their families with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life. We deliver a range of services, that includes: short break care, specialist play activities, music therapy, hydrotherapy, parent groups, sibling groups, care at end of life and bereavement support for all family members. Families choose which parts of the service they use, and where support is received - at home, in hospice or hospital, at school ...

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide highest quality care & support to life-threatened children and families, wherever needed.


    » Specialist nursing/palliative care - in-hospice or at home -in the terminal phase of a child's life.
    » Short-break care to enable parents and siblings to spend quality time together/rest/undertake normal acitivities away from intensive 24/7 care
    » Specialist play, music therapy, physio- and hydro-therapy.
    » Bereavement support - available to all family members (parents, siblings, grandparents) from referral and up to three years after the loss of a child.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured through our annual family questionnaire, regular parent forums that meet in each county area and feedback family views, and by the number of new referals

  • Impact


    We aim to ensure that, in partnership with others, we increase the provision of high quality palliative care services across East Anglia - services that meet the needs of children, young people and their families. Surveys show there may be a further 300-400 families in our region who might benefit from one or more of EACH's services, so we hope to reach out to many of these over the next few years - in particular in Suffolk/north Essex through our new/larger Treehouse hospice, just completed.


    The only significant current risk is economic, due to recent recession and its ongoing effect on the ability of our voluntary donors (trusts, individuals, companies etc) to maintain prior levels of support, and uncertainties over the process & level of continued statutory support.

    EACH's trustees continue to be prudent in retaining reserves appropriate to a charity with operating costs of over £7m per annum, and to help fund further specific service developments over the next few years.


    We aim to report back to each and every donor at regular or requested intervals about where and how their money has helped us. This may be by personal letter, phone calls and/or tours of our hospices on prearranged Open Days, or via our Annual Review & newsletters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,516,221

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,154,000 direct care costs nurse, carer, family support salaries/eqpmt
      £1,051,683 fundraising/mkting fundraising & comms salaries & expenses
      £1,261,014 other staff directors, HR, finance, training & facilities
      £517,229 other recruitment & volunteer costs, office, legal, bank charges, depreciation
      £532,295 other cars, rent/rates, IT, utilities, insurance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Health Dept/local authority £2,076,823 Conditional
    True Colours Trust £355,000 Guaranteed
    EACH's charity shops £650,828 Conditional
    Investment income £38,566 Conditional
  • Background


    EACH provides care and support to life-threatened children and their families right across East Anglia - covering all of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and north Essex. Roughly half our families will access one or more services at their local/nearest EACH hospice, while the needs of some children and families means they prefer to receive our support at home. Our three hospices are located at Milton, near Cambridge; at Quidenham, just south of Norwich; and in Ipswich.


    Currently we care for just over 340 children and young people (0-19)and approx 1,000 other family members each year. Provision of support services from other agencies and organisations that might benefit these families varies widely across the region, but EACH now has a high & established reputation and we have developed close working partnerships with regional hospitals, health authorities, GP practices, social service and education departments - from where most of our referrals come

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our Milton hospice was among the first children's hospices to open in the Uk, in 1989. At Quidenham in Norfolk another independent hospice opened in 1991. In 1998 these organisations agreed to merge to form EACH - to share experience & best practice, save costs and competition for funding. The new charity identified a severe shortage of service provision for Suffolk & north Essex families, so opened a pilot hospice in Ipswich in 1999 (now custom-built nearby as our new Treehouse hospice).

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    Over 100 Care Staff Based At Our 3 Regional Hospices

    Our nurses, carers, family support and domestic staff provide the specialist 1:1 medical care, play & activities and family support -our core services

    Fundraising Team

    Based in four county areas to build on supporter relationships locally, the 20 members of the team work together to raise £4m voluntary funding

    Senior Management Team

    Our CEO and Directors of Care, Finance, and Fundraising & Marketing manage the day-to-day running of the charity - and recommend strategy to trustees

    Over 400 Volunteers

    EACH couldn't operate without the goodwill, skills & time offered by so many volunteers - gardeners, drivers, in our shops, Friends groups-& trustees