The Little Havens Hospice charity shop in Corringham celebrated its 15th year of raising money for babies, children and teenagers with life-limiting illnesses.
The store, located on Grover Walk in Corringham, opened in May 2002 and sales from the shop have been helping the charity since it opened its doors. The money raised in the shop helps Little Havens Hospice provide respite breaks, manage pain and symptoms and care for seriously ill babies, children and teenagers across Essex at the end of their lives, whilst giving vital support to the family at the same time.
Jane England, Shop Manager who has worked for Little Havens Hospice for 15 years said,
“To me my staff and volunteers are the best in the world. We have volunteers of all ages so we really are just like a big family and I simply couldn’t run the shop without them. We get a huge variety of donations from our supportive local community and we enjoy the challenge of making as much money as we can for the hospice and `Making every day count’ for the children.”
The team celebrated with an afternoon of tea and cake for staff and volunteers on Thursday 11th May 2017.
The shop also celebrated one of their longest serving volunteers, Joan Dighton. Joan has been volunteering at the Corringham shop since September 2002, was presented with a certificate and flowers by Trevor Johnson, Director of Trading, HR and Volunteer Services.
“Little Havens Hospice has been my chosen charity since it opened in 1998 and I was already fundraising for them through my darts club who are part of the Little Havens Ladies Darts League; so when I saw that there was a new shop in my local area, I didn’t hesitate in offering to help them. I think the work the staff do at the hospice do and the care they provide for both the children and their families is brilliant; I love that by volunteering for them I am able to help Little Havens Hospice continue to help families .”
Trevor Johnson, Director at Havens Hospices, said
“The work that everyone does at the Corringham shop is fantastic and reaching 15 years really is a testament to how hard they’ve all worked to become an integral part of their local community. I would also like to thank the local community for their generosity and support over the past 15 years. Little Havens can only exist because of the kindess of our supporters. Every purchase helps a child living with a serious illness be as pain free and comfortable as possible – for as long as needed; so thank you.”
Havens Hospices shops stock high quality clothes, shoes, books, toys and homeware. For more information on Havens Hospices shops click here