Harrison and a Little Havens Nurse enjoying arts and crafts

about little havens hospice

Little Havens Hospice is based in beautiful meadowland in Thundersley, just outside of Rayleigh in Essex.

Whether we care for a child or young person for years, months, weeks or even just hours, we make a real difference to their life.

We focus on the individual needs of the children we care for, 'Making every day count' for those with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses and their families.  

who can we help?

If a family have a child or young person who has a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, Little Havens Hospice can help. We're here to make the journey as comfortable as possible, by offering planned respite stays, managing symptoms, for example controlling pain and adjusting medications and caring for children at the end of their lives.

“We look after the whole family”  

We can care for children and young people up to the age of 19, and their families, from Essex and the surrounding London Boroughs. If a young person is referred for respite and is over 16 years of age we will consider whether another respite provider may be more suitable, this does not affect end of life and bereavement care.

We use a specific set of criteria to assess whether the care provided at Little Havens is suitable for your child, based on their needs.  We work closely with the professionals already involved in the care of the child. A referral to Little Havens doesn't mean that any treatment the child may be having will stop.

At Little Havens, we look after the whole family which may include emotional or educational support for the child’s siblings, counselling for parents, grandparents and carers or assistance with social issues.

do I have to pay for this care?

No. Our care is completely free of charge. However, as a charity, donations are always welcomed.  

who can stay?

Family accommodation is provided for family members who are part of the child’s normal household, or any adult who is staying overnight in place of parent(s)/carer(s).

can we have visitors?

Resident families are welcome to have visitors, however we would kindly request that where possible, mealtimes are avoided.

To talk to a member of our Little Havens Care Team call  01702 552200

Contact us today on 01702 220350 or email us