A children's hospice physiotherapist has shared her experiences of working at East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).

Lauren Messenger, who is stationed at The Treehouse in Ipswich, has praised the hospice for its cheerful atmosphere and meaningful work.

She said: “The Treehouse is a wonderful place to work. We celebrate life and that's a big thing for me.

“People have a negative association when you say you work in a children's hospice.

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"They say ‘Oh', that must be awful, I don't know how you do it’.

“However, I can honestly say my job is great fun and I love it.

“I get to make people smile and celebrate their journey, no matter how long or short.

"What could be better than that?

Ipswich Star: Physiotherapist Lauren is passionate about her role with EACH Physiotherapist Lauren is passionate about her role with EACH (Image: Submitted)

“There's lots of variety and scope to try new things in different environments, either in the sensory room or hydro pool, in the garden or on the care floor, and it’s such a rewarding job.

“We celebrate all the achievements our service users and families make and it's so lovely to acknowledge these small but mighty things.”

The 33-year-old always knew she wanted to work in paediatrics, she spent the first eight years of her career working with children in the community.

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From there she joined the Acute Hospital Trust and later moved to the children's ward of Colchester General Hospital, before deciding to specialise in palliative care.

She said: “I get so much joy out of coming to work and that makes it very worthwhile.

“Of course, we have some sad and emotive times but, even in those moments, we can still help the families and that's what makes it so lovely.

“At a time when it's so hard for them, we can bring them something positive and that's really important.”