Caister crafters will make decorations to support EACH nook appeal

Pat Bacon, Tish Edmonds and Carol Rowe, all from Caister, are making decorations and other ornate it

Pat Bacon, Tish Edmonds and Carol Rowe, all from Caister, are making decorations and other ornate items for EACH. Picture: EACH - Credit: Archant

Three friends with a knack for craft are turning their hands to fundraising in aid of a children's hospice charity.

Pat Bacon, Tish Edmonds and Carol Rowe, all from Caister, have been making decorations and other ornate items for years.

In 2015 they decided to start selling them for good causes and have already been able to donate money to Macmillan Cancer Support.

They have now decided to spend a year raising funds for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) and its nook appeal to raise £10m and transform children's palliative care in Norfolk by building a new hospice south of Norwich.

The three crafters decided to support EACH's nook appeal after looking at various charities online.

They were really impressed with the web page and information available, and liked the virtual tour of the nook.

The three friends were at Gorleston Cliff Top Festival last month to raise funds and will be in Great Yarmouth's Market Gates Shopping Centre at various times over the next few months.

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Dates include Wednesday, September 27 between 9.30am and 4pm, as well as Saturday, October 28 and Saturday, November 25 between 9am and 4.30pm.

Cheri Playne, EACH's Norfolk community fundraiser, said: 'Support from members of the community like Pat, Tish and Carol is absolutely vital as we continue fundraising for the nook.

'We'd like to say a big thank you to these three ladies and wish them the best of luck in Great Yarmouth – pop along and see them if you can.'

Once the £10m is raised the nook will be built in Framingham Earl and will replace the EACH hospice at Quidenham, which has been operating for nearly 25 years.

It will be located on a five-acre woodland site and offer services either unavailable or extremely limited at Quidenham, including a far larger care area, more areas for clinical care and improved medical and nursing equipment, activity areas for arts, crafts and play and a hydrotherapy pool and a large sensory room.

A spokesman for EACH said: 'We need a purpose-built facility to meet the increased demand for our services and the changing and more complex needs of the children and young people we care for.'

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