The charity joined the carnival parade along Southend Seafront after supporters helped them create and man their float, which asked the crowd “Who’s Your Hero?”
Local business Castle Point Motors kindly suggested entering a float into this year’s Southend Carnival on the behalf of the charity which includes Fair Havens Hospice, Little Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice.
After an initial meeting to plan the float, the idea quickly gathered momentum as Alan Foster and Owen Draper, Owner and General Manager at Castle Point Motors set about creating the biggest and boldest in the procession. The team decided on the theme of Heroes and decided to ask the local community “Who’s Your Hero?” This opened up a number of opportunities for the float and Alan and Owen set about collaborating with a variety of local businesses and supporters of the charity in the local community to create the loudest, proudest and most eccentric float in aid of Havens Hospices.
On Carnival Day the charity was joined by 60 volunteers dressed as their own heroes from comic book classics, to Disney Princess and even Heroes of the Hospice who are ‘Making every day count’ across Essex, leading the Havens Hospices carnival party was the Thundersley Superhero Alliance.
The charity was also joined on their float by The Rapscallion, a four piece party band from Leigh on Sea, who helped them and the onlooking crowds to dance the night away, with a little assistance from the Mayor of Castle Point Colin Riley who accompanied the band on tambourine.
Castle Point Motors heroic efforts and ambitious planning with the charity, other businesses and supporters in the local community paid off as they were awarded first place in the MP’s Choice competition.
On hearing that they had won Owen Draper from Castle Point Motors said, “Winning first place is the cherry on the cake to be honest, we are incredibly proud to have created this float for Havens Hospices and to continue to support them. We’re really happy that the carnival float captured so many people’s imaginations and that we were able to help raise awareness and money for this wonderful charity!”
Carmel Hudson, Community Fundraising Manager at Havens Hospices said “We had such a great time at Southend Carnival this year. Because of the heroic support from Castle Point Motors, and many other friends and supporters in the local community we were able to create an amazing float to celebrate hospice care with thousands of people in Southend. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, from Alan and Owen for initially offering to organise it to our wonderful volunteers who joined us on the night as well as all the wonderful members of the crowd along the route who donated so generously – you are all true Havens Heroes!”
If you’ve been inspired by everyone involved with the Havens Hospices Carnival Party and would like to find out how you can fundraise your way and help them continue ‘Making every day count’ please visit our website [https://www.havenshospices.org.uk/fundraising]