On Wednesday evening, in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum, was the first annual Gala Dinner for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Nook Appeal. The Duchess of Cambridge serves as Royal Patron for the charity.
The Nook Appeal is an ongoing fundraising campaign and auction to raise £10 million for a new facility and expansion of EACH services. Every cent raised during this event will be donated to EACH’s Nook Appeal campaign.
Sir Martyn Lewis CBE hosted the event where guests were treated to a three-course dinner, a once-in-a-lifetime performance from singer/songwriter, Ed Sheeran, an auction, and other entertainment.
During the Ultimate Charity Auction, Ed Sheeran donated the drum kit he used as a teenager. It raised £2,650 for the nook appeal.
Mr Sheeran had this to say about attending the event for EACH: “As an Ambassador of EACH, I am enormously proud and excited to be joining them for their Gala Dinner Event at the Natural History Museum on 30th November. I’m looking forward to performing and being part of what will be a wonderful evening of fundraising for a new hospice in Norfolk.”
“As a proud Ambassador of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, I would like to thank those attending this special inaugural EACH Gala Dinner in aid of the Nook Appeal. The children’s hospice at Quidenham has been an incredible home-from-home for many families for almost 25 years. EACH has now outgrown the building and has a clear vision for a purpose-built hospice to meet the increased demand for their services and to meet the changing and more complex needs of the children and young people they care for. By supporting this evening, you are enabling EACH to be one step closer to that vision. Thank you,” said Delia Smith.
The Duchess of Cambridge hosted a major fundraising event earlier this year for EACH. However, she did not attend last night’s event. She did, however, send a personal message to EACH, which the charity posted on Twitter.
Her Royal Highness said: “Thank you all so much for supporting EACH, a wonderful organisation of which I am incredibly proud to be Patron.
“I am in no doubt the Nook will make a huge difference to thousands of children and families for many years to come.
“I hope you all have an enjoyable evening and are able to continue helping EACH move ever closer to achieving their vision.”