Pub regulars give children’s hospices a hand

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  • Pub regulars have been raising cash for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
  • Over 20 years they have raised £38,000
  • Latest donation bought a child nurse training doll

Regulars at a country pub have helped buy training equipment for a children’s hospice charity.

Patrons of The Cock Inn in Gamlingay donated more than £2,000 to buy a child nurse training doll for staff at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The pub has been supporting EACH for more than 20 years, and since 1997 it has raised a phenomenal £38,000 for the charity.

Its most recent donation of £2,000 allowed the charity’s education team to buy the training doll, which can be used as a tool by staff across EACH’s three hospices in Milton, Quidenham and Ipswich.

The money was raised by regulars at the pub through a variety of activities, including a monthly quiz.

Landlady Vanessa Robert, said: “The previous landlord had supported EACH for many years, so when I took over we were happy to continue the tradition.

“The money is raised through lots of little bits, it all adds up. It’s great to see it being put to such good use.”

The donated doll can be used as a training tool, allowing staff members to practise a range of general nursing procedures and treatments including catheterising and feeding, injections and infusions and wound treatment.

Beccy Gillings, EACH Cambridgeshire Fundraiser, said: “The Cock Inn has supported EACH for many year and over this time has raised a fantastic amount of money for us.

“I would like to thank them for their continued support and this recent generous donation.”

Jeanette Kerry, EACH Quality Facilitator, added: “This donation of an anatomical child training doll will prove to be an invaluable tool for our teams across all EACH hospices. Items such as this allow us to continue to deliver in house training.”