16 pubs • 3 hospices • 550km • 5 days
To continue our important fundraising efforts for The Giving Tree some of our team are embarking on an epic pub-to-pub bike ride across East Anglia this September in aid of EACH . In partnership with East Anglia's Children's Hospices, the money raised will help provide care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridge, Essex, Norfolk & Suffolk and support their families. This can be at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices that our cyclists will be visiting on their journey.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices services include: specialist nursing care, symptom management nursing, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies, care at end of life, bereavement support, counselling and volunteer services in the home; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
For families accessing care and those who have been bereaved, EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time. When time is short, they help families make the most of their precious time together and create memories that last forever.
The hospices are places where families feel safe, at home and where they can spend quality time together; enabling parents to be parents not caregivers.
EACH rely on donations for the majority of their income and this year need to raise £6.7 million from fundraising and £7.8 million in retail income. "The more funds, the bigger difference we can make to local children and families." says, Senior Corporate Fundraiser.
Last year they provided care to 499 lead children and young people. A public health needs assessment predicts an increase to around 600 by 2025. In addition to better survival and demography, awareness and understanding of the services contribute to demand for care. If that grows, and proportionately more families contact them, then they will be looking after well over 600 lead CYP at that time.
There are 350 occasions when a GP visit/call or admission to hospital had been avoided by a family as a result of an intervention by their Symptom Management Nursing Service.
The ride commences on September 25th from The Carpenters Arms and on average complete over 100km a day, visiting our pubs and three hospices along the route. From the wetlands and fields in Cambridgeshire, to the rolling hills of Constable Country; Onto dusty roads by the Suffolk coast and pristine sands and estuaries in Norfolk, finally completing five days later, on Friday 29th September, at The Weeping Willow in the heart of Suffolk. It will be a test of endurance across the changing East Anglian landscape.
This year East Anglia's Children's Hospices will only receive 15% of income from statutory sources, including from the Government, County Councils and Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) –(formerly CCGs). The fundraising goal of £30,000 is a huge amount for EACH and will allow them to continue the vital care and support for children, young people and their families across East Anglia.
A huge thank you to our corporate partners for this event - Birketts, Pilgrim Foodservice and Abbeygate Wealth Management.
We are committed to playing a key role in supporting our local communities and The Giving Tree continues to gather momentum as a result of our team of enthusiastic people with a can-do attitude.
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Or, feel inspired by last year's Cycle Safari here: