honouring our queen with a charity ‘bit of a do’


26 May 2016

People and businesses across Essex are bringing out the best china out to help raise money for charity whilst honouring the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Secret Garden Tea Rooms at Writtle Road Nursery, in Chelmsford, is hosting its ‘Bit of a Royal Do’ on Saturday 18th June from 11am. The event is part of the charity’s fundraising campaign which will see red, white and blue spread across the county to help raise money for Little Havens Hospice and Fair Havens Hospice.

Customers at the tea rooms are encouraged to wear regal fancy dress with prizes for the best costumes. There’ll also be fairground-type games such as Hook a Duck, Splat the Rat, Name the Teddy and Find the Crown Jewels!

Jane Wickes, Manager of The Secret Garden Tea Rooms says,

“We can’t wait to mark this royal occasion in a very traditional way. The fact we’re raising money for Little Havens at the same time is the icing on the cake!”

Over in Hornchurch, Home Sweet Home in the High Street is hosting its royal event one week earlier on 11th June from 11am. All donations made from a cake stall outside the shop will be going towards Little Havens Hospice which cares for life-limited children and their families from across Essex.

Also taking place on Saturday 11th June is a ‘Bit of a Royal Belle Vue’ in Southend-on-Sea organised by the Friends of Havens Hospices fundraising group. The event, at Belle Vue Church Hall, is open from 10.30am until 3.30pm and includes a raffle, tombola, face painting, toy sale, jewellery sale and homemade cards. There will also be games for the children, and all proceeds will go to Havens Hospices.

The care provided at Little Havens, Fair Havens and in people’s own homes is completely free of charge and only possible thanks to people taking part in campaigns like this one.

To find out more about hosting your own ‘Bit of a Royal Do,’ please visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/bitofado

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