Local Businesses Come Together for 6th Annual Charity Football Match

On the 16th May 2019, businesses from across South East Essex will kick off for their sixth annual football match in aid of Havens Hospices.

Southend United Football Club will welcome staff from Barclays and Southend Business Professionals to raise funds for Havens Hospices, which includes Fair Havens Hospice, Little Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice.

The charity must raise over £100,000 every week to be there when a family is told there is no cure for their loved one’s illness. All the hospice services help by controlling pain and medication, offering respite and caring for adults, babies, children and young people at the end of their lives. This free, specialist care is there for as long as it’s needed, within the home, in the community and at the two hospices.

This is only possible because of the support of the local community and businesses like Barclays and Southend Business Professionals who organise events like ‘Play on the Pitch.’ To date the businesses have raised over £135,000 to help Havens Hospices continue ‘Making every day count’ for adults, babies, children and young people with life-limiting illnesses like Sienna.

When Sienna was born in June 2017 she was starved of oxygen during delivery and was born with no heartbeat and wasn’t breathing. She required 28 minutes of resuscitation. At seven days old an MRI scan revealed Sienna had severe brain damage and two days later her parents, Sarah and James, switched off her life support machine. At 11 days old they took Sienna to Little Havens for end of life care.

However, day by day, Sienna’s condition improved and at four weeks old Sarah and James were able to take Sienna home. Sienna has cerebral palsy and is registered blind. She requires 24/7 care. The family continue to receive support from Little Havens

Sarah, Sienna’s Mum said,

“Words can’t explain how grateful we are for Little Havens. We went there for end of life care when Sienna was 11 days old. Now she’s over a year old and we’re taking each day as it comes. We don’t know what the future holds but we know Little Havens will be there for us, and that is a huge comfort.”

Younger supporters will get a chance to test their skills at Roots Hall with a half-time Cross Bar Challenge. There will also be an auction and raffle which will include money can’t buy prizes supplied by SUFC. Fans will also get to see Blues Legend Adam Barrett back at Roots Hall as he will not only be coaching one of the teams but may even join the teams on the pitch.

Adam Barrett is hoping to see a lot of local football fans getting behind the event, he said,

“I got involved with Havens Hospices, early on in my career; I grew up in the area and am lucky to be in a position to give back, so I am delighted to be invited by Barclays to help raise funds and awareness for this fantastic charity. I look forward to coming back to Roots Hall for the evening to watch the teams play with fellow football fans!”

There is no need to buy tickets in advance as entry is a donation on the gate at Roots Hall. Gates open at 5:30pm with Kick-Off at 6pm, for more information please click here [www.havenshospices.org.uk/events], or to find ideas on how you or your business can fundraise for the charity click here [http://www.havenshospices.org.uk/corporate].

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