An appeal for volunteers has been issued to join a 'help at home' service.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), is encouraging anyone with spare time to join its Help at Home service.

The service involves assisting the families of children receiving care at its hospices.

The tasks involved range from daily household chores like cooking, cleaning and shopping to offering sibling support and pet care.

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Help at Home volunteer co-ordinator Anne Rayner said: "The service is so important because it gives families much-needed support with everyday tasks - things they may otherwise struggle to get done amid their busy lives.

"It takes the pressure off and, from a volunteering perspective, it gives people the opportunity to forge relationships and directly help."

Volunteers do not need to commit to a regular time slot and all training and support needed is provided by EACH.

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Ms Rayner said: "Whether you can spare two hours a week or two a month, it’ll have a real impact on the families we support."

The scheme is not restricted to routine tasks either, one-off projects could include larger jobs like decorating, clearing out rooms, and helping families move house.

She added: "All you need to give is your time, either to help regularly or as a one-off project.

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"Help at Home makes an invaluable, life-changing difference to our families.

"It gives them a real lift and means they can focus on the care of their child."

Volunteers interested in joining the Help at Home service can acquire more information through the EACH website, by emailing or by calling 01223 800800 and selecting option four.