Little Havens Hospice, the only place in Essex wholly dedicated to looking after youngsters with life-limiting illnesses is holding an Open Doors event on Sunday 25th June. The hospice will be open to the public between 11am and 3pm; visitors will be encouraged to have a tour of the hospice and find out more about the charity.
The gardens will also be open and hosting a family fun day with plenty of entertainment, attractions and vintage carnival-style games including live music,1920s Swing Boats, Stud Horses, a Bouncy Castle, Coconut Shy and Hook the Duck. Visitors will also be able to say hello to Betsy the Butterfly, the charity’s mascot, who will be joined by Disney Princess Belle for some of the day.
Little Havens Ward Sister, Birgit Duellberg-Webb, says,
“There are many misconceptions about what a hospice does and what hospice care is; many people will only associate hospices with end of life care, but that isn’t the case. The Little Havens Hospice Care Team are incredibly skilled professionals and the children that access the hospice have a range of very complex conditions. The care we provide is as individual as the child; we focus on what each child and family needs for as long as they need it, whether years, months, weeks or even just hours, Little Havens Hospice makes a real difference to their life and their families.
“Yes, children do come to us for end of life care and we provide post bereavement support for families, but many of the children and families visit us for short breaks that are full of fun and laughter. We are ‘Making every day count’ for every child and family that comes through these doors by caring and supporting for them so they are able to enjoy life to the fullest
“This is what we want to show the local community at our Open Doors event and to give them a better understanding of what Little Havens really does for local children and families every day. We are also hoping that visitors will see why it is so important to continue to support us, because without the support of the community we simply couldn’t be there for the children who need our care.”
For more information about our Open Doors event click here