The East Essex Sabres American Football Team decided to support a local charity this Christmas and chose Little Havens, just a stone’s throw from their training ground at Deanes School in Thundersley. The group raised the money all throughout December by holding a bucket collection at Canvey Island’s Christmas Light Switch On and walking 11 miles from Shoebury, via Fair Havens Hospice in Chalkwell, to Little Havens on 11th December. The group also raised money at their training days.
Alex Buck from the East Essex Sabres said,
“This year we wanted to give back to the local community who come along to our games and support us. We looked for a local charity when we found Little Havens, which is just across the road from our training facility.
“I’ll be the first to admit that my knowledge of their work was very minimal, and it’s been a pleasure to learn and understand that it is so much more than a place for sick children to go to die. Little Havens is a very positive, colourful and happy place to be and I’ve been honoured myself to be able to visit on a couple of occasions now. It’s inspiring to see how much time and consideration they take for a child and the whole family too.
“We were honoured to spend time talking to some of the lovely people who work within this organisation every day, and are very thankful that Sally came to visit us at training and tell the team more about what they do.”
Sally Bridger, Community Fundraiser for Havens Hospices, said,
“The Sabres have only supported Little Havens for s short amount of time but they’ve already raised such a fantastic amount of money for us. This money will enable us to care for more babies, children, teenagers and their families who have life-limiting conditions. I look forward to working alongside the Sabres more this year and seeing what fundraising they do.”
“I’m proud of the work we did in December, well done to the team, and thank you to everybody who donated to our Christmas fundraiser. I speak on behalf of the entire East Essex Sabres organisation when I say that we’re very grateful to Little Havens for the opportunity allowing us to support them, and look forward to continue to working with them in the future.”
Little Havens is part of Havens Hospices which also includes Fair Havens Hospice for adults and The J’s Hospice for young adults with life-limiting conditions.
For more information on how you can fundraise for Havens Hospices click here.