Vote for Havens Hospices in the final round of top charity film awards

A local hospice charity is calling on supporters to vote for two of its videos to win a top charity film award as they reach the final round.

Havens Hospices, which has two hospices based in Prittlewell and Thundersley, has two films nominated in the Smiley Charity Film Awards. The awards recognise the most impactful videos produced by charities, so more people know about their wonderful work.

Thanks to the votes from the public both films are now through to the Judges’ round but there’s a chance to vote for Havens Hospices to win the ‘People’s Choice’ category, so the charity needs the community’s vote.

Shortlisted alongside well-known national charities such as Dementia UK and Children with Cancer UK, its first film through to the final round is its Dying Matters campaign, which asks four members of its Care Team why it’s vital to have conversations around illness, death and bereavement with loved ones.

The second film is ‘What if Havens Hospices didn’t exist?’, which tells the stories of families cared for by Little Havens children’s hospice and Fair Havens, and why its hospice care is vital to their families.

Amy Dearing, Havens Hospices spokesperson, says, “Because of the kindness and support from our communities, Havens Hospices is ecstatic to be through the final round of Smiley Charity Film Awards alongside well-loved and recognised charities. Storytelling, through film in particular, is a powerful tool that helps us raise awareness of our work and the impact our supporters’ donations have on the families we care for.

“We’re honoured to tell the stories of families that rely on our care, and we cannot thank them enough for sharing their experiences. Please vote for Havens Hospices, it’s free, takes less than a minute. This act of kindness will help the charity be recognised for our importance in the local community, supporting families when they have nowhere else to turn.”

Caring for babies, children and adults, Havens Hospices’ specialist Care Team looks after the whole family throughout illness, death and bereavement, putting wellbeing at the centre of their support. The charity doesn’t charge a penny for any of its services, thanks to the donations and generosity of the community.

To vote for Havens Hospices’ two films, visit:
and by 10th March.

To see more of the charity’s films, visit

Published 15th February 2023

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two camera men and a family at Little Havens - behind the scenes shot