A festive fundraising event raised over £4,400 for new Fair Havens Hospice on 30th November as 200 guests attended a Christmas dinner and dance at the Rayleigh Club.
The new hospice, which is in Prittlewell, will have 16 bedrooms and increased community services, meaning it will be able to care for twice as many patients who are facing an illness which cannot be cured.
Organised by volunteer Denise Gleed and Havens Hospices community fundraiser, Sally Bridger, the evening consisted of a three course meal, a raffle, which raised a whopping £1525, and music from DJ Pete Ferrant and Havens Hospices Patron, Su Harrison.
Denise began volunteering for the charity after losing her best friend, Julie, who was cared for at Fair Havens where she passed away in November 2018. “I was lucky enough to visit Julie three times when she was in Havens,” said Denise. “The love, care and dedication the staff gave to her and her family was incredible to see. Julie said she felt happy and safe when she was there.
“I decided I wanted to help Havens in her memory and for everyone that needs their specialist care. I carry Julie in my heart in everything I do for Havens and absolutely love being part of their team. Thank you to everyone who so kindly supported, donated and came to the event, and I look forward to organising the next one!”
Sally Bridger, Community Fundraiser said, “The event was such a success, we have already had table bookings for next year! Thanks to everyone who came on the night, and of course, Denise for her enthusiasm and dedication.”
For more information on new Fair Havens please click here.