Over 200 people paid tribute to loved ones by taking part in a sponsored walk to raise money for Havens Hospices this weekend.
On Sunday 10th September Havens Hospices held its 10th annual Havens to Havens fundraising walk. Family and friends came together in memory of their loved ones to walk from our children’s hospice, Little Havens in Thundersley, going through Hadleigh Country Park and along the Leigh coastline to Fair Havens Hospice where cream tea was served. Walkers then had the choice to either continue by foot back to Little Havens to complete a total of 10 miles, or to take a coach back to the start.
Among those taking part was Clifford Churchill, 64 from Rayleigh who was taking part in his fifth walk in memory of his wife Helen who died six years ago at Fair Havens Hospice.
“I like to support Fair Havens and everyone who needs it. They gave my wife support and helped me with a year of bereavement counselling to help me get back on track after Helen’s death.”
Maria Pearman from Benfleet was taking part in her first walk and was walking in memory of her father Richard Seely who died at Fair Havens on 6th March 2017.
“I wanted to do the walk not only to support the charity but to think of Dad too, who loved the sea. The care he received at Fair Havens was unbelievable and I could never thank Fair Havens enough. I’d never been to a hospice before and it was just amazing. Everyone was so kind. I believe he lived for two weeks longer thanks to the care of the hospice.”
Cathryn Wood, Event Fundraiser, said,
“The walk was a really special day which brought together so many families from the local community to remember their loved ones. The atmosphere was lovely and it was clear that the walk means a lot to so many people. We don’t charge a penny for our care at the hospices and that’s only possible because of all the people who take part in our events, and of course everybody who sponsors them to do it. I would like to thank everybody who took part, and also our fantastic team of volunteers who helped us register participants and marshal the route, we couldn’t hold these events without them. We’re hoping that after sponsorship has been collected and sent in the event will have raised over £20,000 for the hospices.”
Havens Hospices incorporates Fair Havens Hospice and Little Havens Hospice. We must raise over £100,000 each week to provide short breaks, manage pain and symptoms and care for children and adults with life-limiting illnesses at the end of their lives.
We will be holding a further three events this year, Baton for Life at the Olympic Park, Stratford, Kapow an inflatable 5K obstacle course in Wat Tyler Park, Pitsea and Run Santa Run. For more information about those and other events please click here.