Stars from football and panto bring Christmas cheer to youngsters at hospice in Ipswich

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Youngsters at a children’s hospice in Ipswich got the chance to meet stars from panto and the football pitch yesterday thanks to a surge in support for the reverse advent calendar appeal.

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

In the morning, the cast of the Regent Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk paid a special visit to The Treehouse, which is run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Players from Ipswich Town visited children and families at the EACH Tree House. Picture: SARAH LUCY

Players from Ipswich Town visited children and families at the EACH Tree House. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPicture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson, Emmerdale and Dancing on Ice star Roxanne Pallett and BBC Radio Suffolk’s Wayne Bavin brought plenty of Christmas cheer as they arrived at the hospice in full panto dress.

Sophie and Maisy Kidd-Munnery with Luke Chambers. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sophie and Maisy Kidd-Munnery with Luke Chambers. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Later that afternoon Ipswich Town stars Luke Chambers, Dominic Iorfa, Grant Ward and Tom Adeyemi also visited the centre.

Maisy Kidd-Munnery with Luke Chambers. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Maisy Kidd-Munnery with Luke Chambers. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Natasha Brame, EACH Suffolk community fundraiser said: “It was a really exciting morning for those we support. A big thank you to the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk for coming along and putting so many smiles on faces.

Players from Ipswich Town visited children and families at the EACH Tree House. Picture: SARAH LUCY

Players from Ipswich Town visited children and families at the EACH Tree House. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Daniel Brand, activities assistant at the Treehouse said the Ipswich Town players visit has become a highlight of the year for the hospice.

Alexis Fordham, Janice Clark and Matthew Clark getting excited before meeting the players. Picture:

Alexis Fordham, Janice Clark and Matthew Clark getting excited before meeting the players. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

He said: “We really appreciate them visiting and making this magical time of year that extra bit special for our families.”

L-R Helena Perkins, Luella Perkins, Matt, Maisy, Sophie and Poppy Kidd-Munnery. Picture: SARAH LUCY

L-R Helena Perkins, Luella Perkins, Matt, Maisy, Sophie and Poppy Kidd-Munnery. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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The charity currently cares for 120 children and young people at the Treehouse.

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Luke Chambers meeting Sarah Shemmings and Bobby Bolton. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Luke Chambers meeting Sarah Shemmings and Bobby Bolton. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Luke Chambers meeting Bobby Bolton, Sarah and Jacob Shemmings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Luke Chambers meeting Bobby Bolton, Sarah and Jacob Shemmings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Luke Chambers meeting Sarah Shemmings and Bobby Bolton. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Luke Chambers meeting Sarah Shemmings and Bobby Bolton. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

CallumHurst colouring with Grant Ward. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

CallumHurst colouring with Grant Ward. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Dominic Iorfsa and Tom Adeyemi with Luella Perkins, Maisy Kidd-Munnery and her sister Poppy. Pictur

Dominic Iorfsa and Tom Adeyemi with Luella Perkins, Maisy Kidd-Munnery and her sister Poppy. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Grant Ward helped Matthew Clark with his colouring. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Grant Ward helped Matthew Clark with his colouring. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Grant Ward making a bauble with Poppy Kidd- Munnery. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Grant Ward making a bauble with Poppy Kidd- Munnery. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Sarah and Jacob Shemmings , Bobby Bolton and Callum Hurst at the EACH Tree House. Picture: SARAH L

Sarah and Jacob Shemmings , Bobby Bolton and Callum Hurst at the EACH Tree House. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Tom Adeyemi, Luke Chambers, Dominic Iorfa and Grant Ward with Bobby Bolton, Sarah Shemmings, Jacob S

Tom Adeyemi, Luke Chambers, Dominic Iorfa and Grant Ward with Bobby Bolton, Sarah Shemmings, Jacob Shemmings and Callum Hurst Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Players from Ipswich Town visited children and families at the EACH Tree House. Picture: SARAH LUCY

Players from Ipswich Town visited children and families at the EACH Tree House. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Roxanne Pallett (left) meets Ava Streatfield. Picture: GREGG BROWN

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