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dino trail raises £4000 for new hospice


17 April 2019

Intrepid dinosaur hunters raised over £4000 this April for the new Fair Havens Hospice which is being built opposite Priory Park in Prittlewell.

The Dino Trail was organised by the charity’s friends’ group, Havens Hospices Helping Hands, saw over 1000 people attending and hunting for Dino-Eggs in the Little Havens Gardens on Sunday 14th April.

Budding Palaeontologists got to create a fossil rubbing as well as taking on the trail in search dinosaur eggs and fossils to crack a code and claim a prize. There was also face painting, a soft play area, go karts, pony rides, food and drink and much more to enjoy too.

The Helping Hands put on the event to help raise funds towards their £57,000 fundraising target for a room which will be used for wellbeing services including Complementary Therapy at the new Fair Havens Hospice, they are hoping to raise the full amount by June 2020. 

Community Fundraiser Sally Bridger joined the Havens Hospices Helping Hands for the day said,

"We were overwhelmed by the support shown by our local community at the Dino Trail on Sunday, with over 1000 visitors enjoying the beautiful grounds of Little Havens, it was a great success helping to fundraise for our new adult hospice. I would like to thank everyone who joined us on the day – your support is helping us secure the future of local hospice care.

“We are so close to reaching our fundraising target for the new Fair Havens but can’t get there without our supporters like the Helping Hands who take the time to help us take ‘the next step’."

The new Fair Havens, which is being built by Barnes Construction, is expected to be completed in February 2020 and will cover the population of Southend, Castle Point and Rochford. It will bring together a range of specialist services to support people in making choices about their care from the day they receive their diagnosis, as they journey with their illness and as the end of their life approaches