Children’s hospice appeal has raised over £8 million
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An ongoing campaign to build a new Norfolk children's hospice has so far raised over £8 million.
The appeal was launched in 2014 by East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) with the aim of building a new facility - named the nook - in the centre of the county.
The charity, which has planning permission for a five-acre woodland site in Framingham Earl, five miles south of Norwich, needs to raise £10 million to build the hospice.
The organization bought the land in November 2014. One of the three vendors, Ben Du Brow, later donated all his share of the sale back to the appeal.
Mr Du Brow recently opened EACH's new Poringland shop, near the charity's new hospice site. He said: 'I was made aware of the work of EACH some years ago and my wife Jane and I have been firm supporters ever since.'
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He spent years with Norwich Union in the early 1990s. More recently, Mr Du Brow was responsible for a national, award-winning scheme that converted a group of redundant farm buildings built by his ancestors in Framingham Pigot. The development now provides 30,000 square foot of office accommodation, with a restaurant, function suite and boutique hotel.
Hannah Bloom, capital appeal project leader for the nook, said: 'The support of people like Ben gave us the foundations for a strong start to the appeal. We've since received great backing from individuals and businesses to community groups and foundations alike, and now need their continued support in this final stretch.
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'The building itself is progressing well, with the timber having been put onto the flat roof of the building and the zinc going on top. Good news is the recent rainfall proved this part of the building is now waterproof. All the blockwork is completed and a lot of the scaffolding is down.'
The charity currently operates a children's hospice at Quidenham, in south Norfolk. Increased demands and the changing and more complex needs of the children have meant the charity has outgrown the building and now needs a purpose-built facility, to provide the same services in Norfolk as in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.
The nook will offer services currently unavailable or extremely limited at Quidenham.
To find out how you can support the nook appeal go to www.each.org.uk/the-nook