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New year, new hospice: Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green to get January makeover

PUBLISHED: 11:38 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:38 24 November 2017

Mike Palfreman, chief executive of Haven House Children's Hospice. Picture: Haven House

Mike Palfreman, chief executive of Haven House Children's Hospice. Picture: Haven House

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Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green will undergo at least 12 weeks of refurbishment early next year thanks to backing from a number of generous supporters.

The improvements, set to coincide with the hospice’s 15th anniversary, will see a “bigger and brighter” lift installed, first-floor facilities redesigned, and a new kitchen/café area downstairs for patients and families to enjoy.

Haven House’s respite and residential services are set to move to the Holly Private Hospital in Buckhurst Hill as the hospital opens its doors to the hospice for a period of 12 to 16 weeks, with care staff transferring from January 8.

David Henderson, Hospital Director at the Holly Private Hospital, said: “We have long been supporters of the wonderful work carried out by Haven House Children’s Hospice and our staff regularly host events here at the hospital to help raise money for the hospice.

“When we heard Haven House might have to close their doors for three months to carry out this essential work we knew we had to find a way to try and help them. We’re delighted to be welcoming Haven House and all the children, young people and families who use their services.”

The funding comes from the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, Matchroom Foundation, Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, M & G Foundation, Story of Christmas, and the Wolfson Foundation.

Mike Palfreman, chief executive of Haven House, said: “We are very grateful to our corporate supporters who have generously funded these essential refurbishments and to The Holly for offering use of their premises for the period of our building work.

“Having access to such wonderful premises means we and the children and families we support can be confident care will be able to continue to our normal excellent standards, without disruption of our services.”

Since opening in 2003, Haven House has provided holistic and palliative care for more than 900 youngsters with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

The charity is actively involved in the Redbridge community, and hosts dozens of fundraising events in the borough every year.

The hospice’s therapeutic care services will continue as normal in the Holistic Care Centre.

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