carnival flutters by for betsy’s birthday

27 May 2016

It took place on Saturday 21st May at Krafty Kids, which is a regular event organised by the charity for children whose loved one is seriously ill or has died. The team organised craft activities which are aimed at building confidence and opening up conversations.

Families brought picnics to eat outside before heading off to the fields surrounding Little Havens to play games, at which point they were joined by Betsy. Betsy was introduced during last year’s Children’s Hospice Week and in the past 12 months has fluttered to dozens of locations across Essex, helping to raise awareness about hospice care.

The Carnival Court from Basildon and Pitsea Carnival (two Princesses and one Queen) also joined the group to help sing Happy Birthday to Betsy and blow out the candles on her cake. The Carnival Court and the Chairmen then had a tour of the hospice and the Queen and Princesses left handprints on the wall.

Little Havens Play Therapist Jane Harwood says, “The children really look forward to Krafty Kids, coming together with others their age who are in a similar situation and talking about their feelings or what’s been going on in their life.

“This session was particularly special as we celebrated Betsy’s birthday, and as the families joined us too to mark this occasion.

“We’d like to say thank you to the Carnival Court for taking time out of their weekend to visit us and talk with the children, and we wish them luck in their upcoming parade.”

Little Havens is part of Havens Hospices, which also includes Fair Havens Hospice in Westcliff. Little Havens cares for babies, children and young people from across Essex who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, and also provides vital support for their families.

Havens Hospices is a charity and relies heavily on the generosity from the public. To find out more about the charity please visit

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