mum raises thousands for hospice “lifeline”


18 October 2016
A daredevil mum has faced her fears in a bid to raise thousands for Little Havens Hospice which cared for her daughter. 

Dee Anderson from Brentwood, took to the skies in a charity wing walk on Saturday 15th October to raise money for Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley, where her daughter Katie was cared for before she died in 2015 aged 13.

Since Katie died Dee has spoken candidly about how Little Havens helped both her and Katie in her final days and after she died, to raise awareness of hospice care.

On the day Dee said,

“This morning I woke up feeling quite emotional. I had shed numerous tears by 10am over the chance of spending a few minutes nearer to Katie than I had been for the last 14 months. Although my heart is breaking every day since Katie left this earth, today I embarked on a journey that has raised over £2,000 for Little Havens. I have been blessed with the help from so many charities over the last five years but Little Havens has been my life line from the first day of Katie’s treatment right through to her final breath.

I will forever feel passionate to raise money, awareness and support this very special place, Katie’s second home, for as long as I am able. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for every single pound you have so kindly donated. I am forever grateful.”

Katie was 18 months old when she was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 1, a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous growths to grow along the nerves.

Aged nine a growth was found at the top of Katie’s spinal cord. Katie had several rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy but on 20th August 2015 she died at Little Havens Hospice.    

Dee added,

“When you’ve got a poorly child you think you’re the only one who can look after them but we could take her to Little Havens and leaver her there knowing she couldn’t be in any safer hands. It’s like having another mummy around, or lots of little mummies.

“In Katie’s final days they didn’t just look after Katie, they looked after me and all my family. They made sure I ate and drank regularly and Katie was never left on her own for one minute. 

“Little Havens needs to carry on for years and years and be supported by as many people as possible because it’s such a special place and certainly not what you think. It’s a home from home, better than that because not only are the children taken care of but families as well. I would like to spend the rest of my days making sure that Little Havens can carry on because it changes lives. It allows lives to be as good as what they can be.”

Havens Hospices next Wing Walk will be on Saturday 10th June 2017, for more information email Emma Hamilton or call 01702 220308.

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