Step by step, we reach for the peaks with EACH

Offering crucial support to families whilst caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) are used to being there every step of the way. With the demand for their family-centred care growing amidst the steep challenges across the care sector, stepping up to meet these challenges takes a commitment that many could only imagine. It was this commitment that resonated with our team as we considered how to make a meaningful difference with our charity partnerships in 2023.

Pentaco Construction’s team have committed to their own steep challenge in support of the expansive care services EACH delivers. Taking on the three peaks, their team of 23 walkers and 4 supporting crew will tackle 23 miles across three stages, ascending a total of 3064 metres, all in the space of 24 hours.

Following our recent visit to The Nook, the newest and largest hospice run by EACH, Louise Reeve our Social Value & Engagement Manager at Pentaco shared her thoughts on the charity partnership: 

“We’re in awe of the work that the team at EACH do every day. A few of our team were fortunate to visit The Nook and see first hand the quality of the care and facilities provided. For most of us it’s unimaginable the challenges that families engaged with EACH are facing and equally the challenges of providing those services against some really tough conditions. Whilst the task we’ve set ourselves in this fundraiser will be tough, it’s certainly not a patch on what we’ve gained a small glimpse of.  With EACH chosen specifically by our staff as our charity partner, we all feel incredibly proud to be supporting them together.”

Currently engaged in monthly long distance training walks, our team are racking up the miles in preparation for pacing the peaks. Preconstruction director Andrew Grady shared his insight on the training regimen:

“It’s great to be focused on such a good cause and honestly getting an opportunity to get outside and train together. We’ve been focusing a lot more on mental health and communication in the team and challenges like this not only benefit charities, but massively boost our own wellbeing. We’ve just had to work hard to find proper inclines here in Norfolk, so you might spot us out on the few hills we’ve got at our disposal!”    

These fresh steps are just the latest in the journey of EACH as their teams continue to deliver care across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Beginning as CHER Children’s Hospice for the Eastern Region, the first hospice was officially opened by Diana Princess of Wales on 1st August 1989. In 1998, Quidenham Hospice and CHER merged to become EACH. Since then, step by step EACH has evolved to deliver greater complexity and volumes of support across a range of hospices, collaborating with wider healthcare, research and training organisations to provide the most comprehensive care pathways.

Caroline Allen, EACH Corporate Fundraising Manager, said:

“We’re extremely grateful to Pentaco Construction and couldn’t be happier that they’ve chosen us as their charity partner for 2023. It was a pleasure to meet some of the team and have an opportunity to show them around The Nook. They were so interested and supportive and clearly want to make a difference. What they’re doing is no mean feat and we wish them the very best with their Three Peaks Challenge.”

Help us support EACH

Even the smallest step helps us move forwards in our goal to provide the best possible support for EACH and importantly the children and families they care for. Any donation you can, share makes you part of this support.

You can visit our JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/page/pentaco3p-1672761956142

Our sincere thanks to all who continue to support and sponsor us!

Learn more about EACH & their incredible work

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron – HRH The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.