Plans for a purpose built children's hospice in Norfolk have been granted planning permission.
The East Anglian Children's Hospice wants to build the hospice in Framingham Earl, to replace the current hospice at Quidenham which is more than 20 years old.
The charity will launch a ten million pound fundraising appeal to help pay for the build later this year.
A new children's hospice for Norfolk is a step closer after a planning application for the new purpose-built hospice was approved.
The East Anglia Children's Hospice or EACH as it is also known provides support and care for life-threatened children, young people and their families.
Now if their fund-raising campaign is successful, the new hospice will be built on a 5 acre woodland plot in Framingham Earl and will replace the charity's current facility in Quidenham in the south of the county.
The charity also runs hospices in Milton, Cambridgeshire and the Treehouse in Suffolk. Both of which are better equipped and designed to care for children and young people.
A new Norfolk Hospice will meet the increasing demands for the charity's services.
Graham Butland, EACH Chief Executive, said. "We're absolutely delighted to have the application approved so our vision of a purpose-built children's hospice for Norfolk can be realised."
The charity, East Anglia's Children's Hospices is to benefit from money raised by crew members of a Royal Navy Ice Patrol Ship.
20 members of HMS Protector's Ship's Company have taken part in the event to raise money for the charity.
Dressed as Santa Claus, with one Rudolph, they took part in a run on the ice around Deception Island in the Antarctic.
Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes is organising a fund-raising walk on 2nd June.
Walkers can take part in either a three or one and a half mile circuit around Willen Lakes. Both walks start from the Hospice.