Making a difference through giving.

During the final months of 2018 Orwell staff showcased an array of fashion styles (with varying degrees of success!?) to raise a significant amount of money for a great cause: East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

EACH currently provides care to hundreds of children and young people with life-threatening conditions and focuses on giving support to families and friends, making them feel safe and supported while they enjoy precious time together. It is dedicated to offering as much choice as possible to children and families about how they receive care and assistance. This might be at home, at hospital or at one of their three hospices in Milton, Quidenham and Ipswich.

Voluntary donations constitute the majority of the charity’s income, so the contribution of Orwell staff was invaluable. A terrific £2,158.00 was raised and handed over recently. Reflecting Volac’s CSR commitments, was an additional £1,000.00 contribution from the trustees of the Betty Lawes Foundation — the charitable trust set up by Betty, wife of Dick Lawes, the founder of Volac. When combined, the monies will cover:

  • Over eighteen counselling sessions for a family member.
    These sessions are vital in helping families to cope with the emotions of caring for a life-threatened child and dealing with bereavement.
  • Home visits by an EACH nurse.
    This contact is fantastic for children, young people and their families, because it allows them to be cared for in surroundings that are comfortable and familiar. 
  • More than fourteen Grandparents Bereaved coffee mornings.
    These coffee mornings allow grandparents who’ve lost their grandchildren to connect and support each other.
  • Symptom Management nursing kits.
    These kits contain all of the necessary equipment for a nurse to deliver symptom management care, helping families cope with a wide range of symptoms.

Sam Lucking, Director of Income Generation at EACH commented:


“Thanks to amazing supporters like you, EACH is providing care to and support to more than seven hundred children, young people and family members across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk – a total geographical care area of 5,000 square miles! With your continued support today, we can welcome even more families through our doors, helping them make precious memories that will last a lifetime.”

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