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Santas get their running shoes on to help raise cash for Norfolk's poorly children

Ready for the Santa Run around Eaton Park in aid of EACH, are from left, Lucy Whigham, James Bacon, and Carol Plunkett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Ready for the Santa Run around Eaton Park in aid of EACH, are from left, Lucy Whigham, James Bacon, and Carol Plunkett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2015

A Norfolk charity is hoping Christmas will come early this year for its nook appeal.

The Nook appeal

EACH’s Norfolk hospice is currently situated in Quidenham and is one of the oldest in the UK.

The hospice was converted from an old country house more than 20 years ago, and is restricted in its facilities it can provide.

With growing demand for its services in the county, EACH decided to launch an appeal for a new hospice, called the nook, in Framingham Earl.

The charity already has planning permission for the site, which stretches across five acres.

The nook will boast a larger care area, seven larger and better equipped bedrooms for children, and a hydrotherapy pool. It will also include therapy rooms and an outdoor play area.

For information on the new hospice or to donate towards it, visit: www.each.org.uk/the-nook

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is aiming to raise £1m by December 25 towards a new hospice in Framingham Earl.

And in a bid to make that happen, it is inviting families to dress up as Santa Claus for a fun run in Eaton Park next month.

Carol Plunkett, fundraising manager, said: “We’re really 
excited to be hosting our first 
ever Santa run in Norwich and delighted to be able to host it in the beautiful surroundings of Eaton Park.”

The charity needs to raise £10m for its new children’s hospice, called the nook.

Ready for the Santa Run around Eaton Park in aid of EACH, are from left, Lucy Whigham, James Bacon, and Carol Plunkett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYReady for the Santa Run around Eaton Park in aid of EACH, are from left, Lucy Whigham, James Bacon, and Carol Plunkett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Since launching an appeal to fund the hospice in November last year, it has received around £895,000 through various events.

Mrs Plunkett, who hopes the race will raise £5,000, added: “We 
have been really blown away by people’s generosity because not only have we raised money for the nook appeal, but we have been able to maintain funding for our Quidenham hospice.”

The 2km race takes place on Sunday, December 6, at 11am.

Adult entry costs £10 and includes a Santa suit, 
while under 13s can enter for £6 and receive a Santa hat.

To enter visit www.each.org.uk/santarun or call the charity on: (01953) 666767.

Are you organising a fundraising event? Email luke.powell@archant.co.uk

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