could a new year’s resolution help your local hospices?


04 January 2018

Havens Hospices are giving people the chance to experience unique weekend getaways or fulfil a lifetime’s ambition and raise money in 2018.

Havens Hospices, which cares for children, adults and young people with life limiting conditions, is encouraging people to think of innovative ways to support their local hospices in the coming year by taking part in one of its challenge events.

There is something on offer for everyone, including parachute jumps for the adrenaline junkies, running and cycling events for all abilities, walking challenges for all the family and overseas treks.

Havens Hospices incorporates Fair Havens Hospice for adults, Little Havens Hospice for children and The J’s Hospice for young people. Our charity helps by controlling pain and medication, offering short breaks and caring for adults, young people, babies, children and teenagers at the end of their lives.  This free, specialised care is there for as long as it’s needed, within the home and at our charity’s two hospices, but this can only continue thanks to people’s kind donations and sponsorship, such as those raised through challenges.

Alli Thumwood, 52, from Colchester has signed up to an Everest Base Camp Trek in memory of her son Jack who was cared for by Little Havens Hospice and stayed in the hospice’s specialist bereavement suite – the Woodland Suite – until his funeral in March 2010.

Alli explains,

“The trek is a physical and mental challenge rather than the emotional challenge of losing Jack; so when the opportunity arose I wanted to take it. It is so far from my comfort zone – a family friend Paul had decided to do the trek to celebrate his retirement and I thought well if I’m ever going to do this it has to be now! When I said about doing it for Little Havens in memory of Jack, Paul didn’t hesitate. We’ve now got a team together and we’re hoping to raise £5380 as that’s the height we’ll be reaching on the trek. 

“Jack would think it’s hilarious that his mum has decided to climb a mountain – he’d most likely call me ‘bonkers!’ But once he knew I was serious, I know he’d be so supportive and encouraging – he’d make sure I did it and I will complete it because of that.

“There’s nowhere else that I would want to fundraise for; Little Havens gave us the opportunity to see Jack happy and carefree when he stayed there for short breaks, he even gained independence as he became a teenager and made friends with other teens at the hospice. He really flourished and got to enjoy life – that’s what Little Havens does they help each child and family by ‘Making every day count’ for as long as they’re needed.

“Little Havens also gave us the opportunity to say goodbye to Jack as a family – this really was invaluable; especially for our daughter and Jack’s older sister Sophie. It helped us all grieve; I will always be grateful to everyone at Little Havens for the care they not only gave Jack, but to all of us during that week. The hospice needs over £46,000 a week to provide their specialist care and support to youngsters across Essex with life-limiting illness and their families; so if by taking on the world’s biggest mountain I can raise money for them to continue providing this I will!”

Emma Hamilton, Havens Hospices Event Fundraiser says

“The New Year sparks for many people the promise of fulfilling a New Year’s resolution whether it is to take on a new challenge, get fitter, stop smoking or start a new hobby. For 2018 Havens Hospices is launching our ‘Something for the Weekend’ Challenges alongside our international treks like the Everest Trek Alli is taking part in. The new campaign offers a huge variety of challenges that can be achieved at the weekend either solo, as part of a group or as a teambuilding day with colleagues. We would be delighted if the community would join us in taking part whilst helping to raise money for those in our care.”

For more information on any of the featured challenges or to learn more about other events on offer throughout 2018, please click here or contact Emma Hamilton on 01702 220308.

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