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Children sure of a swinging time now

PUBLISHED: 01:36 20 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

STAFF in Ipswich Children's Hospice said a big "thank you" to the Lions Club of Ipswich for providing the Walker Close garden with a special swing which accommodates not only children in wheelchairs, but can be adapted for children who can only lie flat.

STAFF in Ipswich Children's Hospice said a big "thank you" to the Lions Club of Ipswich for providing the Walker Close garden with a special swing which accommodates not only children in wheelchairs, but can be adapted for children who can only lie flat.

The swing has been installed at the hospice, and was officially handed over by Bob Bridgman, a past president and Ipswich Lions publicity officer, accompanied by current president Gary Grayson and past presidents Eddie King, Peter Bumphrey and Terry Hunt.

In all, Ipswich Lions donated £6,000 to East Anglia's Children's Hospice to be used at the Ipswich Children's Hospice.

As well as the special swing, a video camera was provided and will be used to record special occasions and the activities of the children.

Mr Bridgman said: "We raised the money from various events, including our Christmas appeal, Higham Point to Point tote, a golf tournament and an art show, after past club president, Eddie King, chose the EACH as his charity for the year. We were supported very generously by Lions members and the public and we are delighted to be helping the Children's Hospice in this way."

Alex South, head of care at Ipswich Children's Hospice, said they were thrilled with this very special swing, which was manufactured entirely to the hospice's specifications, after consultations with its care team members, parents, suppliers and the children themselves.

"We are enormously grateful to Ipswich Lions – and the look of excitement and pleasure on the faces of the children who are now able to use a swing, just sums it up perfectly," he said.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices is a registered charity which exists to maximise the quality of life for terminally ill children and their families. The charity operates three hospices in the region at Ipswich, Quidenham, Norfolk, and Milton, Cambridgeshire. In addition to these three counties, support is offered to families from Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and South Lincolnshire. No charge is made to those using its services.

In 2001/2002 alone, it will cost around £32.5 million to run the hospices, with only 15 per cent of income coming through statutory grants. Fundraising and the goodwill of the public are therefore vital.


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