May 23 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Friday, June 29, 2012
A hospice in Woodford Green has received almost £70,000 from the Mayor of Waltham Forest.
Councillor Geoff Walker has raised £69,000 for Haven House in his year in the post.
The money was raised by events including a charity dinner, fun days, a ladies’ day and civic carol service.
Local faith groups, schools and organisations also donated to the fund and one councillor, Darshan Sungar, raised £2,811 by running the London Marathon.
Cllr Walker said; “I am delighted to have raised such a considerable sum for Haven House.
“The hospice helps so many children and families in Waltham Forest at a time when they need it most, and we are very fortunate to have this vital resource in our area.”
The funds will provide resources for the children’s hospice, including a year’s salary for a nurse, a six-month salary for a care support worker and a new sound beam for the music therapy unit.
Specialist toys and emergency equipment will also be bought.
Hospice chief executive Mike Palfremann expressed his gratitude for the “phenomenal” donation.