MBF Grant to the EACH Nook Appeal

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On Tuesday 13 August, East Anglia Mark Master Masons were privileged to be able to present a grant of the magnificent sum of £52,893 to East Anglian Children’s Hospices, on behalf of the Mark Benevolent Fund. This will fund a Sensory Room at their new facility “The Nook”, at Framingham Pigot near Norwich.

On arrival we were greeted by Amy and Hannah with cups of coffee and a welcoming smile, soon many members from around the Province appeared and we were joined by Darren Coleman-Heald from Mark Masons Hall and Keith Emmerson, one of the Trustees of the Mark Benevolent Fund. There were so many of us, we had to be split into two groups to be able to walk round the facility and view this magnificent building.

Graham Butland the Chief Executive of EACH, was available for any questions we had, who also received the cheque. He explained the work EACH embark upon for the benefit of palliative care for terminally ill children and their families. Graham said this new facility will replace their current hospice at Quidenham, a building not designed or equipped in the way their other two hospices are. Given its age and design, EACH can’t develop the building more than they already have. Accessibility and flexibility is really limited and there just isn’t the scope to expand. It’s on two floors with narrow doorways and corridors and just a single small lift to allow wheelchair access upstairs. In contrast, “The Nook” is purpose built and will not only service the needs of Norfolk but parts of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire too.

It was a truly humbling experience, witnessing the dedication of the staff who not only offer specialist care but support and comfort to the children and their families. How wonderful that the Mark Benevolent Fund supported East Anglia Mark Masons on this project, which will make a difference to the lives of families across East Anglia.

David Boswell
Assistant Provincial Grand Master

Susequent to this presentation, the Province received a letter of thanks from EACH:

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The text of the letter reads:

"Dear Paul,

Thank you so much for your recent support and donation of £52,893 to EACH, as a gift from the Mark Benevolent Fund to kit out the sensory room at the Nook - a new children's hospice for Norfolk. Please pass my sincere thanks to the Trustees and all the Mark Masons for their generosity, on behalf of all the children, young people and families we care for.

I know your colleagues enjoyed their recent visit to see the new children's hospice and can appreciate the terrific difference it will make to local families.

We are holding our memory days on 7th and 8th September and these will be our first key events at the Nook site. Then on 21st September we will be inviting families to visit and try out the facilities, so we will let you know what their first reactions are before we welcome children for short break care from the 23rd September.

The care team are in the process of packing up Quidenham and moving everything over to the Nook, so it is a busy time for them in this warm weather.

I know that unfortunately there was a date clash with your visit, so if you or anyone else wishes to visit the Nook, please let me know and I would be delighted to show you around.

I will keep you updated of our progress in the meantime, but if you need any further information on any aspect of the Nook or EACH in general, please contact me.

Once again, on behalf of everyone at EACH, thank you very much.

Hannah Bloom
Capital Appeal Project Lead
East Anglia Children’s Hospices"