Little Havens Hospice, the only place in Essex wholly dedicated to looking after youngsters with life-limiting illnesses held an Open Doors event on Sunday 25th June. The hospice opened to the public between 11am and 3pm; visitors were encouraged to have a tour of the hospice, the grounds and find out more about the charity.
The gardens were open and hosted a family fun day with live music from Bob’s Barbershop Boys, Thundersley Brass Band and Hands 4 Voices, dance from Kryptic Dance, and a disco and photo booth courtesy of Forever Friends Photo Booths as well as vintage style carnival games, face-painting by Harlequin Vane and messy play.
There were also local trade stalls including Little Havens volunteer Maureen Bloomfield who makes bespoke glitter and children’s character lamps, Wood Turning for Charities which is run by Dennis Carter and fundraising stalls including the Havens Hospices Helping Hands’ tombola. Visitors were also joined by the Havens Hospices’ mascot – Betsy the Butterfly and Disney Princess Ariel.
Emily Tucker, Community Engagement Officer at Havens Hospices said
“Many people associate hospices with end of life care, but there is so much more to hospice care. Yes, Little Havens Hospice does provide end of life care and post-bereavement support for their families, but we also provide a space for families to be together, have fun and make memories to last a lifetime. The care we give 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.
“We wanted to show the local community what Little Havens Hospice does for local children and families on a daily basis and that is ‘Making every day count’ for every child and every family who come through our doors. We also wanted to open our doors to say thank you to everyone in the local community for their continued support as without that we simply couldn’t be there for the children who need us
“I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who volunteered for the hospice throughout the day – the tour guides and helpers throughout the hospice, everyone who ran stalls, all the entertainers and the Havens Hospices Helping Hands for organising and running the tombola and raffle. And finally I would like to thank all our visitors from the local community for coming to the event, I hope you all enjoyed the day, we certainly did!”
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