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Hospice celebrates 20th anniversary and expansion plans

03 April 2018
  • Daphne Hall MBE

An Essex hospice is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year along with plans to expand.

Little Havens opened in 1998 after the founders of Fair Havens Hospice identified a need for children’s hospice care locally. It became the first children’s hospice in south east England.

Fair Havens Hospice was founded in 1983, when it was just one residential house. A new site is planned to have an additional six bedrooms, taking the number to 16, and will be able to care for twice as many adults in the region. The facility will include a large Day Hospice and Wellbeing Centre, more services for families, and landscaped gardens. Building work is scheduled to start in autumn. 

Daphne Hall MBE, one of the founders of Fair Havens, visited Little Havens to celebrate its milestone anniversary and find out more about the expansion plans. She said:

“It has been wonderful to visit Fair Havens and Little Havens. Creating something like Fair Havens, and latterly Little Havens, is not possible without all of the people who put so much love, time and effort into making it work. Getting to meet staff and volunteers who are so passionate about the future of Havens Hospices has been a joy. The future of Havens Hospices certainly looks exciting.”

Chief Executive of Havens Hospices, Andy Smith, said:

“It was wonderful to welcome Daphne back to Havens Hospices and go through the exciting plans we have for the future of Fair Havens. This is a milestone year for both Fair Havens and Little Havens and I know that staff and volunteers really valued the opportunity to meet one of the founders of the charity.”

For more information visit Havens Hospices

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