‘Friends of Katie’ was established in 2008 in memory of Katie Hart-Greenfield. The group, which is made up of Katie’s family and close friends, was formed to help keep Katie’s legacy alive and raise money for Little Havens Hospice, where Katie was cared for before she died there on 21st February 2008, aged 15. To date, the group has raised over £100,000.
On Sunday 31st July the group held its eighth annual cricket match at Little Baddow Cricket Club, raising £3,058.42.
There on the day was Katie’s mum, Jo and her ex-husband Rob as well as Katie’s dad Nick and his partner Alison. Playing for Team Katie was Katie’s uncle, cousin, close friends and supporters of ‘Friends of Katie’ against the opposition team, provided by Sue Ryder and her family in memory of Alan Ryder. Alan’s daughter Claire approached Nick in 2015 to say she wanted to get an opposition team together in Alan’s memory. Alan died in July 2015 from cancer and was cared for by Farleigh Hospice. At his funeral £4,000 in donations was made to Little Havens.
On the day Katie’s team won by nine wickets.
Nick, 54 from Hawkwell, says, “After a break last year we were determined to makes this year’s ‘Friends of Katie’ cricket match a huge success and I’m delighted to say that we achieved this! We had a fantastic afternoon enjoying some great cricket in beautiful surroundings and enjoyed some lovely sunshine too.
“It was a wonderful tribute to my daughter Katie who was cared for and looked after by Little Havens at the most challenging and difficult time of our lives. I know that Katie would be as excited as we are at the wonderful amount of just over £3,000 raised for Little Havens. The great news is that this took us over our £100,000 target of monies raised for Little Havens - so we all had reason to celebrate.
“We are already looking forward to raising the next £100,000 for Little Havens and helping to keep Katie’s legacy very much alive. I want to say thank you to all of our amazing friends, family, supporters and all who contributed to making the afternoon such a huge success and enjoyed by so many.”
Katie, from Bicknacre, was 13 when she was diagnosed with Brain Cancer. Her and her family decided against any treatment which could prolong her life by weeks and instead Katie, who went to Westcliff High School for girls, enjoyed what time she had left. Katie and her family went on trips to the West End in London, Euro Disney in Paris and Centre Parcs. On 21st February 2008 Katie died at Little Havens Hospice, aged 15.
Since then, her dad Nick Hart has become a Community Champion for the hospice, attending schools, organisations and businesses across Essex to give presentations about the care provided by the charity, share their stories and attend events.
For more information on fundraising for or the care provided by Little Havens visit havenshospices.org.uk.