Havens to Havens annual memory walk returns this September with new route

Havens Hospices’ popular memory walk event returns this year with a new route to its new adult hospice in Prittlewell to raise vital funds for its care.

After cancelling last year’s event due to the pandemic, the charity’s 13th Havens to Havens Walk sponsored by Create 98, will take place on Sunday 5th September where families and friends come together in honour of loved ones to fundraise for its specialist palliative nursing and supportive care.  


This year’s walk starts Little Havens children’s hospice in Thundersley, taking walkers on a five mile route passing through Belfairs Woods, along the Prittle Brook Greenway, then on to its new finish line, the new Fair Havens Hospice located opposite Priory Park in Prittlewell where supporters can enjoy a well-deserved rest, entertainment and refreshments. Walkers then have the choice to either continue by foot back to Little Havens to complete a total of ten miles, or to take a coach back to the start to pick up their medal. 


The walk usually attracts more than 300 supporters every year and the hospice charity hopes that this year’s walk will be the biggest yet as it celebrates its first year of walking to its new adult hospice after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. 


Jane Hopkins, event organiser at Havens Hospices said: “We cannot wait to welcome walkers back to our much-loved Havens to Havens Walk, one of our major fundraising events for 2021, where every step, and every pound will be ‘Making every day count.’ 


“Walking has many health benefits for our health – mental and physical. So many people have found relief during the pandemic by walking to get fresh air and natural light and our hope for the Havens to Havens Walk is that our supporters’ journeys can bring comfort too, allowing time and space to remember loved ones whilst supporting the essential, frontline care of Havens Hospices. 


“We don’t charge a penny for any of our care services and that’s thanks to the support and generosity of the community who take part in events like the Havens to Havens Walk.” 


The event is suitable for all ages and abilities and is great fun for all the family with an activity sheet for younger visitors to complete along the route.  


Entry for the walk is just £15 per adult, £5 per child or £35 per family, two adults and two children. When signing up there is also an option to purchase a Havens Hospices t-shirt for an additional £6 but this is only available in adult sizes and is to be collected on the day. 


For more information and to register visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/havenstohavens  


Published 18th June 2021

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Group of people walking during a Havens to Havens walk fundraising event