Charity calling on locals to take on Scavenger Hunt Challenge during Hares About Town art trail

Havens Hospices is calling on the community and businesses to get hunting for hares around a local art trail to help raise funds for its care.

The hospice charity, which includes Fair Havens, Little Havens and The J’s, is inviting colleagues, friends and families to take part in the fun team-building challenge from 1st July until 12th September. It involves following clues and seeking Hares across the trail to be in with a chance of winning the ‘Winner’s Trophy’.

Hares About Town is a spectacular public art event in partnership with Wild in Art that will be weaving its way across Southend starting from July for 10 weeks in aid of Havens Hospices. 30 beautiful hare sculptures, each one individually designed by an artist and sponsored by a business, form a free, fun, family-friendly trail of discovery for local residents and tourists to the town to explore and enjoy.

In addition to the hare sculptures, there will be more than 50 leveret sculptures that have been designed and created by over 40 schools and community groups across the borough. These leverets are currently available to view in a separate trail amongst Southend’s cultural hotspots.

There will be prizes for the top three teams taking part in the Scavenger Hunt challenge with the winning team receiving the Hares About Town Scavenger Hunt Trophy. The winning team will be the highest scorers in the quickest time.

Havens Hospices hopes that all groups who take part can help raise vital funds for the charity which provides palliative nursing and supportive care to all ages across Essex by setting up a JustGiving page to raise sponsorship.

Lydia Plews, Senior Business Development Officer at Havens Hospices says: “We are so excited to be launching another fun fundraiser during the Hares About Town public art trail to help raise funds towards our care so we can continue ‘Making every day count’.

“Scavenger Hunt challenges have always been popular with our supporters in the past and are fun for people of all ages. This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to explore the trail and admire the beautiful hare sculptures created by talented artists and support local families who rely on our specialist care.”

If you’d like to take part, please contact Lydia by emailing or call 0783 7538 982 who will share the clues for your team to follow around the trail. Visit for more information.

Published 5th July 2021


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One of the 30 Hares of the trail - positioned outside Priory Park's gates in Southend.