rochford pub celebrates 13-years of fundraising for essex’s only children’s’ hospice


10 October 2019

A Rochford pub is celebrating 13-years of fundraising for the only place in Essex wholly dedicated to caring for babies, children and teenagers living with complex or incurable conditions

The Golden Lion in Rochford has supported Little Havens Hospice since 2008 and last week the pub located on North Street presented the charity with a cheque for £1000, bringing their total to £12,000 to date.

The landlords and regulars have raised this money through a variety of events including BBQs, selling Golden Lion t-shirts and raffling off brewery Christmas hampers. There were also collection tins on the bar.

Landlords Margaret Forley and John Harmon began raising money for Little Havens in 2008 and one Christmas, John, even paraded around Rochford dressed as Father Christmas.

“Thank you to the wonderful team here at the Golden Lion, and especially to Margaret, for helping organise fundraising events and raise the funds,” said John. “Little Havens is a fantastic, local charity, and we are very proud to have raised over £12,000 during our time!”

“We are very grateful to John, Margaret and their customers at the Golden Lion over the years,” said Community Fundraiser, Emma Young. “Little Havens needs £46,000 per week to provide care for babies and children in Essex, and we couldn’t do it without the support of the community. With their help we are ‘Making every day count’ for those who need our care.”

Little Havens is part of Havens Hospices which includes Fair Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice. If you would like to find out how you can help Havens Hospices continue to provide free specialist care for everyone who needs them by fundraising your way please click here.

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