Su­per 7:

The Nook, Nor­folk’s new state-of-the-art chil­dren’s hos­pice, will pro­vide care, sup­port and love to chil­dren and fam­i­lies across the county. We meet EACH act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Tracy Ren­nie

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Tracy Ren­nie is in charge of the su­perb new nook chil­dren’s hos­pice

Af­ter an ex­traor­di­nary five year £10 mil­lion pub­lic ap­peal which has cap­tured the hearts of peo­ple all the way from Nor­folk to the other side of the world, the county’s new chil­dren’s hos­pice – The Nook – has fi­nally opened its doors.

The Nook will pro­vide the best in clin­i­cal care for chil­dren, sen­sory pro­vi­sion, a hy­drother­apy pool, a mu­sic room, ex­ten­sive grounds and plenty of friendly and invit­ing space for fam­i­lies to re­ceive sup­port dur­ing the most dif­fi­cult of times.

The Duchess of Cam­bridge, who opened The Nook, has been a huge ad­vo­cate for the ap­peal and the work of the East Anglia’s Chil­dren’s Hos­pices since be­com­ing royal pa­tron in 2012. She has sup­ported the project since its in­cep­tion, recog­nis­ing just how life chang­ing and in­valu­able the cen­tre will be for sick chil­dren and their loved ones.

EACH Nor­folk had pre­vi­ously been based at Quiden­ham pro­vid­ing vi­tal care and sup­port for 25 years; how­ever it had out­grown its home. The Nook, at Fram­ing­ham Earl, is very much a 21st cen­tury build­ing and will al­low EACH to cater for in­creased de­mands for its ser­vices and the ever-chang­ing and more com­plex needs of those it cares for.

Tracy Ren­nie, EACH act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive, said the sup­port and fund rais­ing from across Nor­folk was ex­traor­di­nary.

“The Nook has been a su­perb achieve­ment by every­one here as well as all our vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers across Nor­folk and even fur­ther afield, and this was re­flected in the kind words shared by the Duchess with in­vited guests.”

Tracy, who is also di­rec­tor of care for EACH, says The Nook is very much about sup­port­ing the whole fam­ily, as well as the child.

“There is no get­ting away from the fact that we are a hos­pice and we are car­ing for chil­dren who are dy­ing. But there is a real bal­ance here and we are help­ing fam­i­lies to live their lives, to smile and laugh with their child, to give them en­joy­ment and re­spite and to make me­mories. Those fam­i­lies never get over that loss, but we hope we can play a part in help­ing them to grad­u­ally start liv­ing their lives again, sup­port­ing them through the whole jour­ney.

When she first started work at EACH as a nurse, Tracy said that spe­cial­ist pro­vi­sion for chil­dren with life lim­it­ing con­di­tions and their end of life care was not con­sid­ered a pri­or­ity.

“It has been a real priv­i­lege to have been part of see­ing some­thing re­ally amaz­ing grow­ing over the past two decades. It is in­valu­able to fam­i­lies.”

As she cel­e­brates the open­ing of The Nook, we asked Tracy to share some of the cul­tural picks which in­spire her and make her happy.

HRH Duchess of Cam­bridge vis­its EACH’S the Nook hos­pice

Tracy Ren­nie, act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of EACH

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