children search for characters lost in the woods

16 May 2016

Children and their families joined Havens Hospices for a woodland walk and met some of their favourite storybook characters along the way.  

The charity’s Family Woodland Walk took place on Sunday 15th May at Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley. The short walk was perfect for tiny feet and based on a story of the animals of Little Havens who have become lost in the woods. The children were led on their way by Community Fundraiser Sally Bridger playing the part of Beatrix Potter. Everybody taking part also enjoyed a free tractor ride as well as a craft corner and tombola. The event, which was supported by volunteers from the Essex Wildlife Trust who wrote the story, made their own costumes and set up scenes within the trees, raised money for Havens Hospices, the charity which incorporates Little Havens Hospice and Fair Havens Hospice.

Evelyn Keane, aged six from Great Wakering, took part with sister Rosie, aged two, and friend Teyla Saada aged eight from Southend.
Evelyn said,

“I really enjoyed everything about the walk. My favourite character was Peter Rabbit and the giant carrots he was eating. I didn’t like the fox, we all booed him. I was tired at the end but then made my own butterfly.”

Another child taking part was Joseph Salmon, aged two from Witham, with his mum Kate.
Kate said,

“My friends recommended we come along to the walk and we’re really glad we did because we had great fun. I had no idea the hospice was here or about the care they provide, but now I do I will certainly come back to do more. Joseph had a great time in the woods and I think his favourite character was the duck who had lost her eggs. Joseph and the other children had to help her find them.”

Sally Bridger, Community Fundraiser for Havens Hospices, said,

“The sun shone for a perfect day in the woods for this year’s Family Woodland Walk and we all certainly had a great time. I’d like to thank everybody who helped to make the event possible including the Essex Wildlife Trust, the Friends of Havens Hospices fundraising group, our wonderful team of volunteers and of course all the people, big and small, who took part.

“The care we provide at Havens Hospices is free of charge and we help by controlling pain and medication, offering respite, and caring for babies, children, teenagers and adults at the end of their lives. This simply wouldn’t be possible without the support of the local community taking part in events like this one and raising sponsorship from their family and friends too.”

You can visit Little Havens Hospice during its Open Doors day on Sunday 26th June.

Between 11am to 3pm the hospice will be open for visitors with musical entertainment by local people, stalls, games, activities and a chance to tour the hospice if you wish.

To find out more visit or call 01702 220322.

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