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BBC Suffolk gets behind the EACH Treehouse Appeal
EACH Treehouse Appeal supported by BBC Suffolk

BBC Suffolk is supporting the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) as it looks to raise £3m for a purpose-built hospice in Ipswich.

EACH has outgrown the bungalow which currently doubles up as a hospice and has a four acre woodland site ready to build on.

The hospice cares and supports life-threatened children and their families.

"I'm delighted that BBC Suffolk will be supporting the Treehouse Appeal," said EACH chief executive Graham Butland.

How are we doing?

The Treehouse Appeal began on Tuesday, 16 March, 2010 and BBC Suffolk is asking you to help us reach the £3m needed to build the hospice.

This page will be updated to report the campaign's progress, and our totaliser will be updated every Friday morning.

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"We're delighted to be supporting this appeal across the radio station and we're sure our listeners will get behind such a worthy cause," said BBC Suffolk managing editor Peter Cook.

The appeal

EACH prides itself on providing children and their families a comfortable home away from home. The bungalow is somewhere they can go to receive care, or respite for parents, whilst having a good time.

And, towards the end of a child's life, the bungalow provides a comfortable and well-equipped space for the family to be together.

The problem is the three bedroom bungalow was initially intended to be a base where 40 families could access support - via short break care, home visits or end of life care.

But now, Graham says it cares for 80 families - and the number is rising.

"Quite simply, there are not enough beds and rooms to meet needs, and we don't have adequate facilities to provide the specialist services required by families in Suffolk and North Essex," he said.

Architecht's impression of EACH Treehouse site
How the purpose built EACH hospice in Ipswich will look

Less than two miles away, EACH has received a donation of the four acre woodland plot, off Felixstowe Road, that will house the new purpose-built hospice.

It is hoped the new hospice will:

• double the number of bedrooms to six, with three shared bathrooms (the bungalow has one bathroom);
• provide a family quarters with a bedroom, mini kitchen and en-suite bathroom - meaning greater privacy and the ability to be close to their child;
• offer dedicated rooms for hydro, music and play therapies;
• help EACH support families better when they need it most - including private bereavement areas;
• provide on-site office space for staff (EACH currently rents a nearby flat due to a lack of space); and
• offer the benefit of a tranquil woodland environment.

Worthy cause

Celebrities including Griff Rhys Jones, Anthony Horowitz and Jools Oliver are supporting the appeal, but the voices that speak the loudest are the parents who have received support from EACH.

EACH bungalow, Ipswich
EACH's current hospice in Ipswich is a three bedroom bungalow

Paula Davis's son William is 10-years-old and suffers from a genetic condition which means he can't control tumour growth within his body.

He has tumours in his kidneys, skin, eyes and brain, with the latter causing epilepsy.

"When you have a child you think they might go to a football club, be a Cub, a Brownie, but all of a sudden at three William was being referred to the children's hospice," said Paula.

"It's not an easy thing to come to terms with but we visited EACH, very nervously, and were stunned that it's a very friendly, family environment to be in.

"William instantly loved it.

"We really hope and pray that he'll live to adult hood, but if he doesn't we know the hospice is here, we know the nurses, we know the staff, and if the worst came to the worst it would be somewhere we'd want to spend William's last days.

"It's a place that William is happy with, it's an environment he's used to, and most of all he comes here to have fun.

"The hospice's aims are the same as ours. William's life may be short, but it's sure going to be packed full of as much as possible with normality and fun things to do."

Donate now

To give money, please send a cheque made payable to "EACH Treehouse Appeal" to:

EACH Treehouse Appeal, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ

The appeal donation line number is 01473 276116.

Donate online at EACH Treehouse Appeal .


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