Haven House Children’s Hospice invites families for its spooky annual Pumpkin Plod fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 October 2017

Children enjoying last year's Pumpkin Plod event at the Haven House Children's Hospice. Picture: Teena Antoniou

Children enjoying last year's Pumpkin Plod event at the Haven House Children's Hospice. Picture: Teena Antoniou

Teena Antoniou

A children’s charity wishes to welcome families once again to its annual Halloween fundraiser with a fancy dress twist.

Children enjoying last year's Pumpkin Plod event at the Haven House Children's Hospice. Picture: Yvonne ShearerChildren enjoying last year's Pumpkin Plod event at the Haven House Children's Hospice. Picture: Yvonne Shearer

Haven House Children’s Hospice is encouraging parents and children to get dressed up, embracing the spooky spirit as bright orange pumpkins or transform into a bat with a pair of creepy wings, for its sponsored 2k or 5k walks.

The fundraising walks will take place through the forest from the charity’s grounds at The White House, High Road, Woodford Green, on October 29, with two start times - the first at 11am and the second at 2.30pm.

The 2k walk will be on the hospice’s grounds whilst the 5k Halloween themed route will take plodders through Epping Forest.

Events fundraising manager Katie Tyler said: “This year’s fancy dress theme is pumpkins and bats.

“If orange is your colour, go pumpkins all the way, or don your wings and embrace your inner Batman!

“Our Pumpkin Plod is the perfect family friendly Halloween activity and a brilliant way to support local life-limited children and their families.

“We are asking participants to aim to raise £50 per family in sponsorship as the registration fee only covers the cost of running the event so we do rely on sponsorship to help support our vital work.”

Since 2003, Haven House Children’s Hospice has provided palliative and holistic care for over 950 babies, children and young people who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

The charity provides a range of services including planned respite for families, end-of-life care, as well as services designed to improve children’s emotional and physical wellbeing.

It is Haven House Children’s Hospice’s promise deliver these services whenever and wherever their families need them.

Tickets for the Pumpkin Plod for children under 12 is £5, an adult is £10 and a family of four is £25.

Entry fee includes a pumpkin, activity sheet and sweet treats.

Haven House is also encouraging participants to aim to raise £50 per family in sponsorship.

To book, visit here

Tell all your friends about the Pumpkin Plod on social media with #turnourhospiceorange

Latest Ilford Stories


National League: Eastleigh 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Emma Isherwood netted two second-half penalty flicks as Havering opened the East Two South East season with a derby win at Campion School.


We talk to hundreds of local business owners every day; we hear their concerns, understand their challenges and share in their successes.

Justin Edinburgh has plenty of options to pick from ahead of this weekend’s big fixture

Most days we’re told we are too fat, too lazy and we have to do something about it. And that’s just from my friends.

A harvest festival is an annual celebration that occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region.

Yesterday, 23:35

Clapton moved second in the Essex Senior League after cruising to a comfortable 3-0 victory against local rivals Barkingside at Cricklefield Stadium.

Yesterday, 17:22

A self-proclaimed “Snapchat queen” from Ilford who posted a video of her boyfriend dying in a pool of blood has been jailed for 14 years.


Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now