Earlier this month, Councillor Colin Riley announced that he will be supporting Havens Hospices for the next year as one of his charities of the year and would be holding a variety of events throughout the year to fundraise for the charity, which cares for children, adults and young people with life-limiting illnesses across Essex.
The first event Councillor Riley organised was a charity meal at Latinos Restaurant in Hadleigh on Thursday 19th September fundraising to help the charity’s Thundersley based children’s hospice – Little Havens – continue ‘Making every day count’ for the families they care for.
The charity event which started at 7pm was well attended by the Mayor’s friends and colleagues from forty-four other councils from across the borough including councillors from Castle Point, Basildon, Thurrock, Brentwood, and the Chair of Rochford Council.
They got to enjoy a three-course meal plus musical entertainment from vocalist Evangeline Brown and a raffle to help raise additional funds, by the end of the evening Councillor Riley had raised £512 for the charity.
Mayor Colin Riley said, “I am so pleased that my first charity event for Havens Hospices went so well. The food served at Latinos Restaurant was as delicious as always and I would like to thank our singer, Evangeline Brown, my fellow mayors, local councillors and members of the public who attended and helped to raise over £500 for this wonderful cause.”
Community Fundraiser for Havens Hospices, Sally Bridger said, “The evening was fantastic and raised a wonderful amount of money which will really help us continue to provide free specialist care for families across Essex. On behalf of everyone at Little Havens, thank you to Mayor Riley and everyone who attended the evening. We are thrilled to be one of his charities of the year and cannot wait for the next event!”
The Mayor has already started organising future events to support Havens Hospices as well as his other charities – Trustlinks and Yellow Door. These include a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea planned for March 2020, a quiz night, Christmas Carols and even a mini Christmas market.
Havens Hospices, which includes Fair Havens Hospice, Little Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice, is there when a family is told there is no cure for their loved one’s illness, offering respite and caring for adults, babies, children and young people. As a registered charity, it must raise over £100,000 every week to be there for everyone who needs them. It can only do this with the help of its supporters like Councillor Riley who fundraise for them.
For more information about the charity meal or to book tickets, please email Sally Bridger or call 01702 220305.