Community Asked to Take on Fundraising Challenge to Secure Hospice Care for Region

​Havens Hospices is appealing to members of the community to come together for a new hospice which will eventually care for thousands of local people.

Havens Hospices are asking the residents of Canvey Island to join them in a two-week fundraising challenge to help raise funds for the new Fair Havens, which the charity is building opposite Priory Park in Prittlewell. With its welcoming and reassuring environment, new Fair Havens, will give people in South East Essex a new, modern hospice to turn to when they are facing an illness that cannot be cured and from which they are likely to die.

Work began at the site in October and earlier this month Barnes Construction who are building the new hospice installed a five-tonne stairwell and began constructing the external walls. The charity is now just under £1million away from raising all the money needed and is asking the local communities, starting in Canvey, to come together and challenge themselves to fundraise and secure the future of local hospice care for patients like Pauline and her family.

Pauline was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. Following treatment she was given the all clear, but in 2010 the cancer returned and spread to her stomach, bones and eventually, her brain. Pauline died at Fair Havens on 10th May 2013, aged 53.

Pauline has three daughters; Colette, Amy and Sophie, who was 19 at the time her Mum died. Following her Mum’s death Sophie started volunteering and fundraising for Fair Havens. She said

“Without Fair Havens I don’t know what we would have done. The hospice was filled with love and warmth and made such a heart-breaking few weeks that bit easier for us as a family. Without a doubt there needs to be a new hospice to help future families in their times of need, just like they helped us. How could you deny them that?”

The Canvey Community Challenge starts on Saturday 4th May at the Lobster Smack Pub with a Family Fun Day, which starts at midday and runs until 5pm – all are welcome and there will be plenty of activities and entertainment for all the family. The island will then be challenged to fundraise £20,000 over the next 14-days, before coming together on Saturday 18th May for a sponsored walk along the seawall starting at Labworth Café and finishing at the Island Yacht Club.

Emma Young, Community Fundraiser at Havens Hospices said

“We can only exist because of the kindness of our supporters and we need their help and generosity more than ever. The South Essex population needs a new purpose-built hospice for the future and we’re really close, but we need the local community’s help to make it happen. We’re asking local businesses, clubs, schools, groups, friends and families to get involved and help raise £20,000 for a new Fair Havens.

“Thank you to Tom and the rest of the Lobster Smack team for organising the launch event on Saturday 4th May. We’re all looking forward to the Family Fun Day and hope to see lots of people there. We’ll be running a variety of fundraising activities including a raffle and we’ll also have a registration point for the sponsored walk, as well as information on how to fundraise your way; so please come and say hi!”

To find out more about the Canvey Community Challenge or find out how you can take part please email Emma Young [] or call 01702 220305.

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