Melanie Chew and James Hazell celebrate with a 'halfway' cake
The Treehouse Appeal to build a new children's hospice in Ipswich has reached the fundraising halfway point.
East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) needs £3m to pay for the purpose-built centre already under construction at St Augustine's Gardens.
On Friday, 8 October, 2010 they announced they'd raised over £1.5m.
"In just six months we're halfway there," said Melanie Chew, EACH fundraising manager. "Isn't that amazing? I'm pleased and humbled."
The new hospice will serve north Essex as well as Suffolk, but fundraising events are taking place across the whole of East Anglia.
"The biggest gift this week was from the Norfolk Superheroes," said Melanie. "They held a triathlon on the Norfolk Coast - and you know how cold the water up there can be.
"They've been fundraising for us for months now and they just sent us a cheque for £13,500.
"Congratulations must go to Charlotte and Mark Price who just got married at Thorpeness.
"Would you believe that at the wedding they handed round songsheets for our Treehouse Song?
"One of the guests played the saxophone and they all joined in.
"They had a collection and raised £165."
Melanie made the latest announcements during her regular Friday morning appearance on the James Hazell show on BBC Suffolk.
EACH is now looking ahead to raising the final £1.5m.
James has organised a Dads & Lads Walk fundraiser on Sunday, 24 October:
"We shouldn't be celebrating too much because we've got a long way to go," said Melanie.
"I'm sure that the second half will be harder than the first half. We need to persuade people to support us just that bit more - perhaps over Christmas.
"We're thinking about getting people to do coffee mornings or winter afternoon teas with mince pies.
"Another thing to think about is, instead of buying aunty or uncle another pair of socks, think about buying them a brick for our sponsored woodland walk [at the new hospice]."
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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The Treehouse Appeal began on Tuesday, 16 March, 2010 and this page will be updated to report the campaign's progress.
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