Million pound milestone hit

IPSWICH: A million thanks to everyone who has helped raise precious funds to build a new children’s hospice in the town.

That was the message today when representatives from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices made a special announcement about the new milestone in their fundraising appeal.

Within just two weeks of launching the �3m Treehouse Appeal to construct a new hospice in woodland off Bixley Road, a massive �100,000 was raised.

Earlier this week the fund had passed the �965,000 mark and thanks to the varied fundraising efforts of the people of Suffolk, that amount has been increasing at a rapid rate.

The new six-bedroom facility will eventually replace the hospice’s current base – a small bungalow in Walker Close.

When the hospice was first set up in 1999, there were just six members of staff. Today that number stands at 34. The facility has gone from helping 40 families to 80, with the potential that 400 families from Suffolk and Essex could use the services.

Russell Cook, head of news at The Evening Star, whose readers helped fund the first ever year’s running cost of the hospice in Walker Close, said: “We are so proud that the people of Suffolk have made such sterling efforts to raise money for a worthy cause.

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“This new hospice will make a vast difference to the lives of many families in Ipswich and we are delighted that this important milestone in their fundraising appeal has been reached so quickly. We have been amazed by the number of outstanding and heartwarming efforts that people have made to raise money to complete the dream. There have been auctions, fetes, and so many other events organised by groups and individuals to reach this total.”

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