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
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