Little Havens Children's Hospice
Who We Are - Little Havens is a registered charitable organisation and is the children's hospice for the whole of Essex and outer parts of London.
We're celebrating our 10th Birthday and we're the first children's hospice in the South East of England. In this time thanks to voluntary donations we have been able to care for over 900 families. We are situated on a beautiful site of meadowland in Thundersley just outside Rayleigh. Both parents and siblings benefit immeasurably from the home-from-home environment, in which they can take a break from the strain of constant care, and concentrate on being a family.
Little Havens has been designed to provide forms of mental and physical stimulation for children of all abilities and age groups. Some of our main features include: Play areas, Hydrotherapy pool and spa bath, computer room, multi-sensory room, landscaped gardens with external play equipment, children's accommodation, family accommodation and bereavement suite.
How our charitable organisation is funded: We're looking forward to the announcement of the results to be put to parliament, shortly, on the long term funding review currently being undertaken for all Children's Hospices - this will not pay the costs but may (we wait to see) give the movement (and Little Havens) a welcome base level of funding to provide the services for children and families with life limiting and life threatening illnesses. We are now expecting to receive the second year money, from the Department of Health, the short term monies allocated pending the outturn of the review referred to earlier, this is likely to be a similar amount to last year - approximately £300,000. Even with this government funding Little Havens needs to raise approximately £1.8m annually and we constantly rely upon the generosity of our donors. These donors from the whole of Essex include individuals and corporate organisations who give up their time and money when they see the work we do and become committed to help. Every one of these people, we treasure and value so highly - we could not carry on if we did not regularly, year on year, gain their commitment to help. Sadly, government legislation results in ever greater financial needs by the Children's Hospice movement. This results in our need to seek continued support from our existing donors and, so as not to place too great a burden on these generous people, we seek new 'friends and supporters' to allow our work to be funded for another year.
Please see our work and value it, as we and the families who use us do - please support Little Havens Children's Hospice. For more information about our charitable organisation and the work we do in and around the Brentwood area, please contact Dave Bishop, Deputy Community Fundraising Manager on 07771 732486.
Now that we are in autumn everyone is looking for things to do with the kids to celebrate this lovely colourful season. Here we have some great ideas, and they don't all involve being cooped up indoors! Get out and enjoy the cooler, fresh air and the crunchy leaves under foot - you can always return home afterwards for a hot chocolate and a snuggle
Be safe this Bonfire Night
Be safe this Bonfire Night by making sure that you, pets and your family know and follow the very important Fireworks Code. Have fun if you are going to an event or having friends and family round at home. It includes safety rules for sparklers too! You will also be able to download our Fireworks Code poster to display if you are hosting an event.