three innovative youngsters raise money for little havens hospice in their own way


23 August 2017

Three youngsters have raised over £1500 for Little Havens Hospices through a variety of innovative fundraising events and activities.

Emma Potter, 9 years old is a member of the Crouch Valley District Cubs and was going on a two day hike with the pack covering a distance of 27.2 miles. Emma decided to turn the hike in to a fundraising opportunity so asked friends and family to sponsor her. She raised £725.19 over the weekend, so that she could help “children who use Little Havens to carry on doing things that they can’t do at home.”

Twelve year old Belfairs Academy student Amy Mann challenged herself to walk 10,000 steps every day in June. She originally aimed to raise £100 for Little Havens, but her school friends and family got right behind her and Amy ended up raising £350. Amy is attending the Little Havens Open Day on 25th September with her school friends to learn more about the work the hospice does and what Amy’s fundraising will be going towards.

Sally Bridger Community Fundraiser at Havens Hospices said

“Little Havens is very pleased to have received this donation from Amy, as we have to raise over £46,000 each week to care for all the babies, children and teenagers that need us. To walk 10,000 steps per day for a whole month is an amazing challenge for such a young lady and she has actually managed to triple her fundraising target; Amy should be very proud of her achievement.”

Eight year old James Jewell held his second annual Garden Party in aid of Little Havens Hospice at his family home with the help of Mum, Trudy and little sister, Faith. James decided to fundraise for Little Havens after meeting their mascot Betsy the Butterfly and then talking to his Mum about what the hospice does for local children and their families.

James said,

“I heard about Little Havens at school and Mum told me they look after sick children and help them have fun with their families. They are near where I live and go to school, so I wanted to raise money to help them.”

James charged 50 pence entrance and he also had 20 pence games such as “splat-a-rat”, a raffle and a penalty shoot-out competition. The guests were also joined by Betsy the Butterfly who enjoyed playing the games that James had organised. By the end of the day James had raised £467 for the charity.

Sally Bridger said,

“James is a wonderful young man who has given his time to arranging a fun event for his family and friends whilst also raising money for Little Havens. James has  motivated his family to fundraise as well; they’ve taken part in the Havens to Havens Walk and the Santa Run, together raising over £1,000.  What an amazing way to help their local community!

“All three of these young people are an inspiration; they have taken it upon themselves to find fun and inventive ways to fundraise for us. Little Havens can only exist because of the kindness of our supporters. Together, Emma, James and Amy really are ‘Making every day count’”

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