silverstone charity event raises £i4,000 for little havens

07 November 2016
An event at the home of British motor racing Silverstone is expected to raise more than £14,000 for Little Havens Hospice.

On Saturday 29th October car enthusiasts attended an exclusive fundraising event in The British Racing Drivers Club at the Silverstone Circuit organised by Michael Hipperson from Thaxted. Throughout the evening guests enjoyed the company of Martin Whitmarsh, the CEO of Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) America’s Cup Team and formerly CEO of McLaren Racing. The event was held in support of Little Havens Hospice and included a fine dinner as well as a charity auction to raise money for the hospice. Little Havens is based in Thundersley and cares for seriously ill babies, children and teenagers, and their families, from across Essex. This year’s event is expected to raise more than £14,000 for the charity bringing Michael’s fundraising total to almost £200,000 over 12 years.

Nickola Cooper, a volunteer Community Champion for Little Havens attended on the evening to speak about Little Havens and how they help and support families, including hers. Nickola’s son Louis was 10 years old when he died at Little Havens in 2006, two years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. In 2013 Nickola and her husband Darren, from Ingatestone, became Community Champions for the hospice, visiting schools, community groups and businesses across the county to give presentations about the care provided by the charity.

Nickola said,

“We had a fantastic evening and had the pleasure of meeting some really lovely people. Without the support of people like Michael sadly Little Haven wouldn't exist.”

Michael Hipperson, who organised the event, said,

“We have been raising money for Little Havens over the past 12 years and I have visited the hospice many times and I leave each time knowing our fundraising is reaching where it is needed and helping local families. I know I am so lucky to have five healthy children.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to everybody who supported the event. It would be impossible to name everybody but special mentions must go to Martin Whitmarsh for being our star guest and racing driver Paul O’Neill for being our brilliant auctioneer on his debut performance, and of course the guests without whose amazing generosity throughout the evening we would not have raised the £14,000 for Little Havens.”

To find out more about the care provided by Little Havens Hospice and how you can support the charity please contact the Fundraising Team on 01702 220305 or visit

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