Today is just the day my soul needed. I tell you this is almost better than Christmas for me! (What? I said almost…not much beats a happy Princess Olive opening gifts, and giving hugs)
This morning at 11AM local and 6AM for your editor, The Nook Appeal took the next big step.
IT’S GROUNDBREAKING DAY!!!!
— The nook appeal (@EACH_Norfolk) November 15, 2017
The appeal that was launched in 2014 has raised £7 Million of the £10 Million needed to fully fund the project, allowing them to get started setting the foundations on the 5-acre site….but there is still much to be done and £3 Million that needs to be raised. If you want to help support the Nook and leave your mark in a special way…YOU CAN!!! Today EACH announced the opportunity to Buy a Virtual Brick and leave a message of support as they begin construction on this much-needed facility.
The Nook Appeal is EACH’s vision to transform children’s palliative care in Norfolk and deliver even better children’s hospice care services. This plans for the £10 Million project include a new purpose-built hospice in the heart of the county, called the nook.
The new site will replace the current hospice in Quidenham, a building not designed or equipped in the way the other two hospices are. Given its age and design can’t be successfully redeveloped. Accessibility is really limited, as is flexibility, and there just isn’t the scope to expand. It’s on two floors with narrow doorways and corridors and just a single small lift to allow wheelchair access upstairs.
EACH currently provides specialist care and support for 328 children and young people with an additional 405 family members receiving face-to-face therapeutic support. With high demand in Norfolk they are caring for 119 children and young people and 205 family members. The nook will allow them to do this while offering greater choice in a much improved, significantly larger, and more appropriate environment. This will positively impact on care delivered both in the hospice and in the community throughout Norfolk.
The new location will also be closer to the center of the county with easier access to hospitals, services, and major roadways that will make it so much easier for the families who need EACH to make the most of their services.
On a personal note, I cannot tell you how happy i was to wake up this morning to news of this groundbreaking. I have watched, donated, and supported this appeal nearly every way that I could and after the month that I have had personally it was like a warm blanket to the soul to see this…there is still a lot of support needed and a lot of work to be done…so, lets get to it!