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

PUBLISHED: 19:01 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:36 22 December 2017

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.

Pantomime cast from the Jack and the Beanstalk are visiting Ipswich's EACH charity. Picture: GREGG BROWNPantomime cast from the Jack and the Beanstalk are visiting Ipswich's EACH charity. 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 BROWNPicture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPlayers from Ipswich Town visited children and families at the EACH Tree House. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPicture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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

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

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

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: SARAH LUCY BROWNAlexis Fordham, Janice Clark and Matthew Clark getting excited before meeting the players. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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

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

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