Group of friends take on virtual running challenge for local children’s hospice

A group of friends from Southend have taken on their own lockdown challenge to raise money for their local children’s hospice

Lizzie Last, Laurie Hope, Amy Reid and their friend Helen Tanton, who lives in Boston in the US, have been running in their own parts of the world for Little Havens, raising more than £300.

Lizzie and her friends wanted to take on a challenge where they could all come together online during lockdown and fundraise for the hospice that has provided care to family and friends. Collectively they have ran an incredible 200 miles, over 26 days.

Lizzie said, “Havens Hospices holds a very special place in our hearts. Family and friends have been supported and cared for at both Fair Havens and Little Havens Hospice. My friend and I completed a skydive in 2018 for Little Havens in memory our friend’s son, Elio. Elio had a rare heart condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. This meant that Elio’s time was limited, and they needed the help and support of Little Havens. The family got to make some wonderful memories there together until he passed away peacefully. We will always be grateful for the care and support they were given and are still given today.”

Little Havens provides palliative nursing and supportive care to babies, children and teenagers living with complex or incurable conditions across Essex.

To take on a virtual challenge to raise money for local hospice care, consider the Havens Hospices’ virtual ‘30 in 30’ challenge. For more information on how to get involved, visit


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Lizzie Last And Friends Running For Little Havens