Local Footballing Legend is taking on First London Marathon for Charity Close to His Heart

A local footballing legend is joining thousands of other runners this weekend at the London Marathon to raise money for the new Fair Havens which will eventually care for thousands of people across South East Essex.

Former Southend United Skipper, Adam Barrett, 39, will be taking on the iconic marathon route through London on Sunday 28th April, alongside over 40,000 other runners, raising money for Havens Hospices and the new Fair Havens they are building opposite Priory Park in Prittlewell. He will be joining over 100 members of Team Havens on the start line and is fundraising to help the charity get closer to securing the future of hospice care for the local area.

Adam, who made 354 appearances for the Blues, decided to run for the charity’s new hospice after experiencing the care and support they provide when they looked after his Mum, June Barrett, in 2017. Adam explains,

“I’m really pleased to be running it for Havens. I’ve been an ambassador for Little Havens for a while now and I’ve raised money for them in the past, but I’ve seen first-hand what Fair Havens do because they were absolutely fantastic with my mum.

“Unfortunately, she lost her brave battle with PSP disease in November 2017, but Havens were just amazing with my mum and the whole family, especially my dad. He was my mum’s carer for the last seven or eight years and he was amazing.

“The care and support Havens gave us all was so vital, I can’t imagine what we would do if we hadn’t had them to turn to; so I’m really pleased that I am able to fundraise to help them build a new hospice which will mean twice as many adults and families will get that support at such a difficult time. It’s the best way I can think of to say thank you.”

Adam is being joined by fellow Team Havens runner, Chris Phillips, 37, who has followed his career for several years as Sport’s Editor of the Echo. Over the years the pair became firm friends and when Chris found out that Adam was taking on his first marathon for the charity, he signed up for his 7th with the charity. They are both raising money for the new Fair Havens and have even paired up on a fundraising event which is going to please a fair few local footy fans.

On May 20th the duo plan to relive the Shrimpers glory days in a Derby Match for the Sid Broomfield Trophy which will reunite their League One winning squad from 2006 to play against the Colchester United side who finished second that season.

Judy Grocott, Events Manager at Havens Hospices, is thrilled to have Barrett and Phillips among the charity’s 120 marathon runners.

“By taking part in the London Marathon for us, Adam and Chris are helping us take the next step for adults across South East Essex with life-limiting illnesses,” said Grocott.

“On behalf of us all at Havens Hospices, thank you to them both. It really is because of supporters like them that we are going to be able to create a larger, modern hospice in Southend. They are helping us build somewhere that will bring together a range of specialist services to support people in making choices about their care from the day they receive their diagnosis, as they journey with their illness, and as the end of their life approaches.”

The charity is now just over £950,000 away from raising all the money needed and the build is making good progress. Barnes Construction who are building the new Fair Havens have recently begun installing the trusses for the roof of the In-Patient Unit, 100 of the 290 trusses have been installed to date. The external facework has commenced to the Day Hospice with first fix mechanical and electrical elements underway as well.

If you’ve been inspired by Adam and Chris and want find out how you can help secure the future of local hospice care today please click here [http://www.fairhavensforlife.co.uk].

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