fundraiser has been lighting up lives in aid of havens hospices for over 8 years

16 March 2017

On Thursday 9th March, Havens Hospices Light Up a Life fundraiser, Maxine Burnell was thanked for her 8 years of service.

Maxine was invited to Fair Havens for tea and cake with members of the Havens Hospices chaplaincy team, Revd. Jane Guest, Revd. John Kennett and chief executive Andy Smith who presented Maxine with a certificate that celebrated the long-term fundraiser’s running total of £9171.78.

Maxine has been fundraising for Havens Hospices since 2009 at her local shopping centre, Knightswick Shopping Centre on Canvey Island. She rasies funds for the Havens Hospices Light up a Life campaign; the charity’s annual appeal allows supporters to remember someone special by making a dedication in their memory. Both Fair Havens and Little Havens Hospices’ Christmas Trees are illuminated throughout December and each shining light represents the life and memories of a loved one.

Maxine, Light up a Life fundraiser said,

“I was inspired to become a fundraiser for Havens Hospices by the children and the families who use their services at Little Havens. The children are incredibly close to my heart and it gives me the greatest pleasure helping them by raising funds through the ‘Light up a Life’ appeal”

Andy Smith, Chief Executive at Havens Hospices said,

“Havens Hospices can only exist because of the kindness and dedication of our supporters like Maxine; who by fundraising every year is helping us fulfil our promise of ‘Making every day count’ for children, adults and families across Essex. We are incredibly grateful to Maxine and also to Knightswick Shopping Centre who allow Maxine to fundraise for us in their shopping centre year on year.”

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