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EACH Treehouse Appeal: James Hazell's car boot sale
James Hazell and Sally Burch
James Hazell and Sally Burch ready their car boot

A massive car boot sale is being held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Sunday, 8 August, 2010 to raise money for the EACH Treehouse Appeal.

The Big Summer De-Clutter is the brainchild of BBC Suffolk presenter James Hazell and producer Sally Burch.

"This is a win-win situation all round," said James. "We're always being told about de-cluttering our lives.

"Now we can all do just that and make a substantial contribution to the EACH Treehouse Appeal at the same time."

The BBC Suffolk Big Summer De-Clutter will take place between 7am and 3pm, with a massive family event planned alongside the car boot sale.

It's a brilliant opportunity to get rid of all those unwanted items lurking about in the loft, the spare room, under the children's beds and in the garage.

If you haven't been able to do any fundraising for the Treehouse Appeal yet, this is a great chance to do so and to make a few bob for yourself at the same time.

All the money raised from the sale of the pitches will go directly to East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

The Treehouse Appeal is trying to raise the £3m needed for a new purpose-built EACH centre in Ipswich to replace the existing converted bungalow.

Nik Kershaw
Nik Kershaw visits the existing EACH bungalow on Walker Close

Celebrity backing

The Big Summer De-Clutter received a boost when singer Nik Kershaw pledged his support during an on-air conversation with James.

"They (EACH) really badly need money to get something more appropriate," the Ipswich-raised singer said before admitting to being a fan of car boot sales.

"We've got quite a lot of junk to get rid of, so it's two birds with one stone."

Nik will be opening the car boot sale at Trinity Park and he went to visit the existing EACH hospice in Ipswich the week before.

"The first thing that strikes you is the size of it, because knowing that it serves over 80 families, you can see why the new building is desperately needed," said Nik.

"It is a very happy place. It does bring it home to you though.

"There is one room here where I got a bit choked up because it's the 'end of life' room.

"It's where the kids who have only got a few days or weeks left go and it's specially for that and there's obviously a different atmosphere to that room.

"It's a quiet place. It's a tranquil place, but it's very sobering and it brings it home what this place is for in that respect.

Nik Kershaw
Nik's 1980s hits included The Riddle and Wouldn't It Be Good

"The main thing is the kids themselves and they are happy and they want to be here and they're safe and they're nurtured and they're encouraged."

Nik's links to Ipswich go back to his schooldays.

"My mum only moved away about a year ago and I lived here for 20 years," he said.

"It's great to be able to do something connected with the town and I was just intrigued to find out more about the Treehouse Appeal and EACH.

"I'm astonished that the build has started and it's ongoing but the funding is being raised as you go along, so it's really important that the money doesn't run out as that place has got to be finished."

End to the hoarding

The idea for the de-clutter came about when Sally revealed on-air how much junk she had accumulating in her garage.

"Many years have passed with more and more stuff building up in our garage which I couldn't bear to throw away, and suddenly I had a lightbulb moment," said Sally.

"Instead of having a pitch at a car boot sale on my own, why not involve the whole community and make some money for the Treehouse Appeal?"

Trinity Park (formerly known as the Suffolk Showground), car-boot sale organisers Shandale and EACH have all joined forces with BBC Suffolk.

Also, if you don't fancy carting all your unsold items away from the boot sale at the end of the day, you can leave them at Trinity Park.

Suitable items will be recycled and the money from that will also go to the appeal.

Get involved

A total of 500 pitches are available at Trinity Park at a cost of £10 each, with all proceeds going directly to the Treehouse Appeal.

Pitches can be booked by contacting 01473 276115 or e-mailing patsy.johnson@each.org.uk .

Let's see if we can make this event the biggest fundraising car boot sale this year.

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