First conceived in the early 1990s, Haven House has helped over 900 families by looking after children and young people aged from birth to 19 years old who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.CJC continues to be a strong supporter of the Children’s Hospice, located in Woodford Green, Essex.
The residential and community facilities overseen by Haven House Children’s Hospice deliver services on which it is impossible to put a value. Across North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire, Haven House provides respite and end-of-life care for children but also play activities, and day and overnight stays. Through the Holistic Care Centre, opened in September 2014, children can access a range of therapies, including music therapy, physiotherapy and therapeutic yoga.
Families can also take advantage of support groups for mums and dads and siblings (Buddies) as well as complementary therapies designed to reduce stress and anxiety. In the Haven House grounds there is a fully accessible specialist play area and tranquil sensory garden surrounded by many acres of beautiful woodland.
But resources are surely needed to make all of this possible. CJC and numerous friends in the shipping community have for a number of years now supported Haven House by organising and participating in various fundraisers. In November 2019, Alistair Johnston, Andrew Gray, Debo Awefeso and Maria Borg Barthet invited a number of clients to the annual Haven House Gala Evening which this year raised an incredible £90,000 through tickets, raffles, silent and live auctions and sponsorships.
In February 2020, they will be attending a fundraising Comedy Night with Jon Richardson and in March, they will be hosting a table at the Women in Business Lunch. Plans are also coming together to organise a fundraising LONG walk later in the year as well as other challenges.
More information to follow in future newsletters but should you be interested in finding out more about the hospice, please check out their website: https://www.havenhouse.org.uk/