shops create window displays fit for a queen


17 June 2016

Havens Hospices shops have been turning red, white and blue in celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Our shops across Essex transformed their windows to celebrate the milestone birthday of Britain’s longest serving monarch and each had a ‘Bit of a Royal Do’ to mark the occasion. Each shop was judged by the ‘Havens Queen’ and the winner was announced on Friday 10th June as the Basildon store in Southernhay, Basildon Town Centre.

The window encapsulated a community celebration and involved schoolchildren from class 1E at Fairhouse Primary school, who created handmade pictures of the Queen. On Friday the children brought their parents to view the pictures and encouraged shoppers to view the display. Also on display was a picture by local artist John Masser which he loaned to the shop especially for the display.

Shop Manager at the store Anna Wallace, said, “We were delighted to accept the challenge of putting together a window display fit for a Queen! As Britain’s oldest and longest serving monarch it is certainly an occasion which deserves to be celebrated and we are delighted that our efforts and those of the schoolchildren at Fairhouse have been acknowledged in this way.

“All the staff, volunteers and schoolchildren that attended had a wonderful afternoon at our Royal ‘Bit of a Do’ which also included a raffle with nine prizes to represent the nine decades of the Queen’s life.”

Peter Hall, Community Fundraiser for Little Havens Hospice said, “The Basildon shop window display represented everything we had hoped for when we set the shops the challenge. It was community focused and celebrated the Queen’s 90th Birthday perfectly.

“I would like to thank Anna and all of the staff and volunteers at the shop, the school children in class 1E at Fairhouse Primary School and John for loaning us his painting. At Little Havens we care for babies, children and teenagers with serious illnesses, providing respite and end of life care to them and their families. This care is completely free of charge and wouldn’t be possible without the support of the local community. Together, we’re ‘Making every day count’.”

For more information on holding a ‘Bit of a Do’ for Little Havens Hospice visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/bitofado  

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