The Rotary club of Stowmarket Gipping Valley has donated thousands of pounds to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
It has come after Tony Pickering, the treasurer, suggested to members that most of the balance of the Trust (charity) account was better used by EACH as it was doing nothing in the club’s coffers and members unanimously agreed to hand over just under £4,000.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused tremendous pain throughout the UK and World economies with the UK charity sector especially being hard hit.
Charities such as EACH have made appeals for more funds so that they continue their essential services.
The charity has three hospices in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, and Norfolk, and is losing £100,000 a week after closing all of its 43 shops. Voluntary donations provide the vast majority of the care provider’s funding.
EACH supports many families of children and young people with life-threatening conditions, including around 100 bereaved families at any one time.
The group of hospices has had to suspend the short breaks, wellbeing therapies and face-to-face counselling it would normally offer.
Tracy Rennie, the acting CEO of EACH, thanked the Rotary Club for the donation and said there are currently more than 2,000 children and young people in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex who are living with a life-threatening condition.