Children’s charity in urgent need of Peterborough volunteers


29-01-2019

A charity that runs a volunteer scheme to provide home support for families whose children have life-threatening conditions is appealing for help in Peterborough.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) recently added EACH Help at Home to its service, an initiative that sees families linked with a caring individual who can provide practical support with everyday tasks such as cleaning, ironing, gardening and playing with children.

One of the first families to benefit from EACH Help at Home were the Gandertons, from Peterborough. Hannah and Michael’s five-year-old daughter, Iona, has an encephalocele. A rare congenital type of neural tube defect, it means part of the brain grows outside the head. As a result, Iona suffers from hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid on the brain, and epilepsy.

The care needs of Iona mean the family sometimes fall behind on simple, but essential chores such as cooking, laundry, paperwork and washing up.

That situation greatly improved, though, after the family started receiving volunteer support.

Hannah said: “Our volunteer was brilliant. She helped us with anything from laundry to cleaning, from a bit of cooking to playing with the children. She was lovely and we got on really well. I really looked forward to Monday mornings when she’d visit.”

There is currently an urgent need for volunteers in the Peterborough area as families are waiting to receive that little bit of support that would make such a difference to their lives.

Agnes Toth, Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: “We’ve a number of families in the Peterborough area who’d really like help with cleaning, ironing, shopping and supporting children to do their homework. We know even a couple of hours of help a fortnight makes a huge difference to the families and lifts a little bit of weight off their shoulders. Unfortunately, though, we don’t have enough volunteers in Peterborough at the moment, so families are having to wait for this much-needed support.”

Anyone interested in supporting a family can find out more by getting in touch with Agnes on 07889 251385 or at agnes.toth@each.org.uk.

Image: Hannah Ganderton with her children Reuben, Iona, Joel.

 

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) aims to maximise the quality of life for children and young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and to support their families.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)