In the UK there are a staggering 800,000 disabled children and 49,000 children and young people living with a life-limiting and/or life-threatening illness. It has certainly struck a chord with everybody at Lee Baron, and as a firm that believes in nurturing the youth and its people, we dedicated our charitable initiatives in May to East Anglia Children’s Hospice (EACH). Having held a bake sale, a one-off dress-down day and completed a 185- mile charity bike ride, we were proud to have raised over £2,600.
What does EACH do?
Established in 1989 by nurse Sue Potter, the charity supports families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. The care is for children up to the age of 19 and are generally expected not to make it through to adulthood. The care and support is tailored for the needs of all family members and delivered where the families wish – in their own home, at hospital, in the community or at one of three hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham. For both families accessing care, and those who have been bereaved, EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time.
EACH provides a range of services including:
- care at end of life
- specialist symptom management support and advice
- day care and overnight breaks, including accommodation for families
- emotional and wellbeing support, including counselling, art therapy and music therapy
- occupational therapy and physiotherapy, including hydrotherapy
- specialist play
- family events
- support groups
- spiritual care
Currently, EACH cares for 357 children and 439 family members. The charity estimates that 2,000 children could benefit from the organisation’s services.
At Lee Baron, we are proud to be a supporter of EACH. The amount of support and comfort they provide for these kids and their families is simply outstanding. See below a couple of family stories which tell you everything you need to know. We are planning to support EACH in future initiatives so keep your eyes peeled and feel free to get involved.