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Children’s hospice benefits from free gritting and snow clearance services

12 January 2016

A children’s hospice that supports families across Suffolk will have its paths and roads kept free of ice and snow this winter for no charge - thanks to the generosity of a winter maintenance company

The Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. It is a place where children, young people and their families can come for short-break care, a wide range of therapies and specialist services such as emotional and bereavement support.

Leading winter risk management company Ice Watch will maintain The Treehouse’s car parks, paths and roads to ensure they are safe for pedestrians and wheelchair users. All work will be carried out free of charge as part of Ice Watch’s commitment to giving something back to charities and good causes. In addition, Ice Watch has donated £500 to EACH.

Paul Bowling, Ice Watch’s chairman explained: “Our aim is support local good causes where we work and we felt we’d like to help EACH where we could.

“The money we have donated has come from the hard work of staff at Ice Watch’s head office. Instead of employing a cleaner, they hoover the carpets, empty the bins and clean the toilets themselves. Any money we would have paid to a cleaner goes into the charity fund. It’s a real team effort.”

Ice Watch has been supporting EACH for a number of years. It will also be carrying out free winter maintenance work at its children’s hospices in Milton near Cambridge and Quidenham near Norwich.

Gemma Smith, Corporate Fundraiser at EACH added: “We’d like to thank the team at Ice Watch for their generous donation. Saving money throughout the year in this way is such a lovely way of donating to the hospice. We are forever grateful for Ice Watch’s support during the winter months when we need to keep the hospices accessible and safe for all the children and families who use our services.”

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