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Supporting Each appeal doesn’t have to be hard

By Gemma Gardner

EACH volunteer Michael Barbour at home in Earith with wife Ann. Picture: Keith Heppell
EACH volunteer Michael Barbour at home in Earith with wife Ann. Picture: Keith Heppell

“When I’m having an off day and feeling a bit sorry for myself, I only have to think of some of the families I’ve met, who are supported by Each, and what they’re having to deal with.”

Volunteer Michael Barbour has supported East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) for 16 years and says raising money does not need to be complicated.

The 69-year-old, who lives in Earith, Cambridgeshire, was first approached to help the charity by a colleague whose child was supported by Each in 2001. He continued to support the hospice through work and, when he retired in 2012, he became a registered volunteer.

“I’ve manned the phones, helped with office administration, worked on various events and activities – village fetes, yard sales, quiz nights, golf events, formal business dinners and a whole range of other activities,” the married father-of-two said.

The Cambridge Independent has launched a campaign alongside Each to raise £87,500 to provide a new service which will provide support to Cambridgeshire families.

“The Help at Home Appeal is a major initiative for the charity, and getting people involved locally in fundraising to support the specific costs of this undertaking is a significant challenge,” said Michael.

“For parents of a life-threatened child, it can be very challenging to carry out even the most simple daily chores when your child’s medical care takes priority. Through the Help at Home appeal, volunteers will be helping with tasks such as ironing, cleaning, gardening and more, so that some of this pressure can be taken away from parents.”

The money raised by the appeal will fund a co-ordinator who will support the Help at Home volunteers.

“Fundraising can be done in numerous ways and doesn’t need to be hard to organise or too complicated,” said Michael.

“Clear out that junk in the garage or shed and take it along to an Each shop to resell; hold a coffee morning or afternoon tea event in a village hall or at home; bake and sell cakes at work, or even collect loose change and foreign coins,” he added.

Michael is not alone. Each has a dedicated team of more than 950 volunteers who give up hundreds of hours of their time.

If every reader of the Cambridge Independent donated £5, we would raise more than enough to reach our £87,500 target. Text EHAH00 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 now.


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