On Sunday 13th May, 356 walkers joined Havens Hospices for their fundraising Havens to Havens walk to help raise money for a new adult hospice.
Havens to Havens started at Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley and saw participants take in the countryside along the five mile route through Hadleigh, Old Leigh towards Chalkwell and finishing at Fair Havens Hospice in Chalkwell. Those taking part got a chance to learn about the new Fair Havens Hospice near Priory Park while enjoying a well-deserved cream tea, cake and refreshments before either walking back to Little Havens or taking the transport provided.
One lady who joined the walkers this year was 37 year old Rebecca Dogan from Shoeburyness. Her close friend Lesley Robinson died on 24th March this year and had attended Fair Havens’ Day Hospice.
“Lesley was an amazing lady – the life and soul of every party. She was also incredibly active; so I decided it was the best tribute I could do for her. I know she’d be willing and cheering me on every step not only because she would have loved this walk, but because she loved going to Fair Havens and would want to help them continue caring for others like they cared for her.”
Events Fundraiser Cathryn Wood commented,
“This year as well as inviting those who have lost someone they love to come together and remember them we also encouraged members of the local community to join us for the Havens to Havens walk and raise funds for our new hospice. We were delighted to see so many people turn out for the event and we enjoyed hearing their stories and reasons for joining us to take ‘The Next Step’
“The walk was a really special day which brought together so many families from the local community to remember their loved ones. The atmosphere was lovely and it was clear that the walk means a lot to so many people. We don’t charge a penny for our care at the hospices and that’s only possible because of all the people who take part in our events, and of course everybody who sponsors them to do it.
“Thank you to all our lovely volunteers including those from EMU (Event Marshalling Unit) who gave up their time to help with registration, route marshalling, serving cream teas, handing out medals and helping on our information stands. We couldn’t do this event without your support!
“And lastly, but definitely not least a big thank to everyone who took part in the event, every person who joined us has helped us take the next step towards being able to provide specialist care, free of charge, for twice as many adults across South East Essex with life-limiting illnesses. With your support we’ll be able to provide support for people at all stages of their journey - inside the hospice, within the community or their own home - and care for their family and friends making this journey with them. So again, thank you.”