Dear Friends,

The last few months have been very busy!

I have been working hard with our architect and to ‘stress-test’ the design of the building in all aspects, working on how it will flow for patients and staff. This is important to ensure the best care for our patients by providing a good working environment for our staff. We have been looking at equipment providers and other UK hospices for more knowledge, experience and to see good practice in action. This process is not fast but it is detailed and finalising the plans will mean that we can be certain that the foundations, when laid, will be perfect.

You may know that our planning permission needed to be met by early 2017. We are delighted to say that now (in late 2015) after working on the 19 conditions set, that these are being met and have been approved by the council planners. On top of that, the first tree has been planted on site by the Mayor, a hedgerow and tree-planting scheme has been implemented to start landscaping our field and the jewel in the crown, of course, is the groundworks have commenced.

‘We are out of the starting blocks now and well into the marathon.’

Margaret Chadd House is now on its way to being a reality, NOT a dream and will be a hospice for the future to ensure people have choice at the end of their life. Recently, we were overwhelmed to receive a gift of £20,000 from a London donor for which we were most grateful.

With the CCG closing three out of four of our community hospitals, the need for Margaret Chadd House is even more paramount. No NHS cuts can close us down as we own our land and a hospital environment is not the place for any end of life patient or their families.
Our wonderful staff, both in the shops and in our office, have played a tremendous part in these achievements. Our website is ongoing and improving (I do hope you all keep an eye on it). We are working towards our online shop and are pleased to say that the lottery we’ve long aspired to, will be launched imminently.

The low point of this autumn has been the sudden death of Brian Challis, our Lowestoft shop manager. We were all shocked and saddened, and on a personal note I’ll miss Brian’s dry wit and banter, his kindness, thoughtfulness and loyalty. He was such a lovely man.

We truly value your continued help and support to aid us in reaching the finishing line.

We really are the people’s charity. We are truly grateful, thank you.

           I wish you all a Happy Christmas and us all a successful 2016.

Jennifer Beesley

Read older letters from the chairman
10/07/2015 Click here to read the letter
09/06/2015 Click here to read the letter
01/11/2014 Click here to read the letter
01/06/2014 Click here to read the letter

Read on to see what being a friend means to some of these people…

Vicky Quantrill ran the London Marathon.

Jane & Helpers hosted a coffee morning.

Gill Hak ran the Edinburgh Marathon.

Annie walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago.

Lowestoft College Students held a sponsored football league.

Corinne landed safely, big smiles : )

Corinne landed safely, big smiles : )

Mr & Mrs Wolfenden created a calendar to sell.

Mr & Mrs Wolfenden created a calendar to sell.

Malcolm rode 10,000 miles in 26 Days on the Amtrak.

Malcolm rode 10,000 miles in 26 Days on the Amtrak.

Anne creates wonderful home-made preserves to sell.

Anne creates wonderful home-made preserves to sell.

The John Green Institute had a Tea Party!

Mumfords took part in the Dragon Boat Race

Karen jumped out of a plane!

A few words from our friends…

“Always look on the bright side of life…”

“I first met Jeff, The Community Fundraiser for ECH in March of 2014. I realised when I spoke with him, and then later when I met with Nadia in the ECH Office that I could help to fundraise for them. I have travelled many times to America visiting my friends and knew that my next visit would probably be my last.

I decided to make it a sponsored visit by asking my good friends and the people of Gt. Yarmouth and Gorleston to sponsor me for a pound each as I travelled 10,000 miles around America by train. It is a mark of the generosity of our community that they have given over £4000. I am very grateful to them all.I am struck by the fact that we have no Adult hospice facilities in our area. I find this shocking. I am very lucky to have enjoyed, and still do, good health but many people, and they are not necessarily old by any stretch of the imagination, find themselves unsupported when faced with a terminal diagnosis. End of life care in this area can only be called fragmented to say the least and I am being kind saying that.

We desperately need this Hospice, Margaret Chadd house to be built.”

By: Malcolm Metcalf - January 15, 2015

My name is Tafadzwa Kativu (TK) and I volunteer for East Coast Hospice…

I am a self-motivated person always looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others for good. I am Zimbabwean by origin and having relocated to the UK, I encountered East Coast Hospice whose ultimate vision to provide hospice care for this area is something I personally relate to.
I have come to an understanding that a lot of things can be priced. However, life is priceless and relationships we built cannot have a value. I have realized that people are important and thus if there’s anything you can do however small to make the lives of others better off, then there’s no reason why you should withhold it. And I believe as well that it is the little things that count, and the sum total of just a little effort by everyone sums up to be such effort which no one can stop, and ultimately results in a better world, full of love, care, hope and compassion. I find my work at East Coast Hospice and the support of friends and general public overwhelming as individual’s exhibit that sense of responsibility as well as sacrifice for this cause. This is my reason for Volunteering for East Coast Hospice and should you have an opportunity to help us make a difference, please come on board and offer whatever you can because one pound when dropped into a collection box by a million people translates to be a million pounds. Now that will surely go a long way in making a difference.

By: Tafadzwa Kativu - July 28, 2015

Marie Walsh and Brian Challis have written the following words about their experience of ECH…

“I started volunteering at the ECH shop in London Road North Lowestoft when it opened in 2011. I had never worked in retail before but the manager was very supportive in helping me learn all aspects of running the shop. Volunteering gives me something worthwhile to do , helping others and raising funds to help build the hospice. When I go home at the end of the day I feel satisfaction knowing that I have helped others and am contributing something to the community for the future.” Marie Walsh September 9th 2013
“Volunteering at East Coast Hospice gives you something to do and its helping others. Meeting new people and learning new skills in a relaxed environment is fun , every day is different with always something to do.”

By: Brian Challis - September 9, 2013

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