If you’re travelling through Norfolk on 11th May you might just spot a couple of giant shellfish wearing walking boots.
This is the day Parker Hannifin employees, Diane Wheeler and Nicola Smith, are setting out on a 96 mile trek from Knettishall to Cromer to raise money for a Norfolk hospice. Hiking such a distance along the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path in a single day is no simple task in the best of circumstances and for Diane and Nicola it will be more arduous still because they will be dressed as a crab and a lobster!
The Nook appeal was launched last year by its patron, the Duchess of Cambridge, to raise money for a new facility for EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices). Demand for EACH’s services means the popular existing hospice at Quidenham has been outgrown and new premises are vital if the charity is to provide support and respite care for even more children with life-threatening conditions. Planning permission has been granted for a well-equipped building five miles south of Norwich, to be named The Nook, which will provide a tranquil setting for the young people and their families.
Diane and Nicola have found inspiration from the experiences of Eden King, whose Dad, Rod, is a Parker Hannifin colleague. Eden, who has congenital muscular dystrophy, finds the help EACH offers her family invaluable. As Diane says, the fundraising effort is “about the support we want to show to a family we have grown to love and admire”.
So if you would like to shell out for our intrepid crustaceans, a dedicated page on the JustGiving website offers a simple and safe way to donate.
The Nook project will only be realised with the support of public donations. Big or small, every penny will count.