East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Our 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.
There are an estimated 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition that may require palliative care services. Caring for a child or young person with a life-threatening illness, often for 24 hours a day seven days a week, can put 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. During all of this, families are going through a process of grieving.
We deliver a wide range of services and families can choose which parts of our support they use, including:
- Day care in the family home, hospice or both
- Overnight breaks in the hospice, including families to stay if they wish
- Emotional and psychological support for the children & young people, siblings, parents & carers and extended family & friends
- Symptom management support and advice
- Emergency 24-hour telephone support
- Therapies – music, occupational, hydro and physio
- Specialist play
- Spiritual care
- Care at end of life
- and bereavement support.
For both families accessing care, and those who have been bereaved, EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time. We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and need to raise almost £6 million to deliver our services this year – £16,000 a day, every day of the year.