local family ‘kick off’ match day

07 October 2016

Children who are supported by Little Havens Hospice 'kick started' Hospice Care Week.

Eva and Harry Pearson, both seven from Basildon, are being supported by Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley, where their triplet sister, Vivienne, visits for respite. On Saturday 1st October Eva and Harry were chosen as mascots for Southend United’s match against Peterborough United, thanks to a donation by Free Kicks Foundation.

On the day Vivienne and their parents Julie and Mark attended the match with their Nan, Granddad and cousins and watched Eva and Harry lead Southend United onto the pitch at the start of the game.

The event took place two days before the start of Hospice Care Week (3rd – 9th October) a nationwide campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of hospice care across the UK. The theme for the campaign this year is ‘Hospice care is…’ and Harry and Eva showed their support by holding up a card on the pitch showing what hospice care was to their family. 

Mark said,
“Eva and Harry loved the whole day. We all had a great time watching the match and can’t thank Free Kicks Foundation and Little Havens enough. Hospice care is a place we can have a break, while our child is cared for and events like this really show how much Little Havens does for us as a family.”

Ros Luckman, Community Fundraising Manager at Havens Hospices said:
“It was lovely to see Harry and Eva enjoy their match day mascot experience and for their family to be part of this. They gathered lots of autographs and were planning to talk about being a mascot in their news update at school this week.”

Free Kicks Foundation is a Peterborough based charity whose aim is to provide football-related activities for ill, bereaved and disadvantaged children.

For information on how you can get involved in supporting Little Havens Hospice visit havenshospices.org.uk/littlehavens. 

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