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Two-year-old William and family pull giant Christmas cracker to help open new EACH shop

21 Dec Two-year-old William and family pull giant Christmas cracker to help open new EACH shop

A crack and a snap heralded the arrival of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Stanway this morning.

William Goodson, two, mum Emma and dad Andrew, who are from Messing and receive care and support from EACH, were joined by family and friends to officially open the charity shop on Angora Business Park, making the final snap in a Mexican wave-style series of giant Christmas cracker pulls.

Sophie Moles, EACH Shop Manager, said: “We’re delighted to have opened our new shop on Angora Business Park and really look forward to becoming part of the community. A huge thank you to William and his parents for their parts in what was a very fun and festive opening. We really hope people in and around the Colchester area will now get behind us and help continue our retail success. Please do get in touch if you have items to donate or a few spare hours to volunteer.”

EACH had opened eight shops in 2018 before today. This newest one becomes its third in Essex, joining outlets in Halstead and Clacton-on-Sea.

The charity cares for around 50 children and young people with life-threatening conditions in North Essex, and supports their families, as well as hundreds more across Suffolk and the rest of the region.

EACH welcomes donations of the following clean and good-quality goods: clothing, bric-a-brac, modern paperbacks, toys, jewellery, DVDs/CDs, household linens, retro and vintage clothes, and small electrical items. These can be dropped off at the new shop now.

Anyone interested in more information on volunteering at the shop should email Sophie at, call her on 01206 239536 or just drop by for a chat.