Q&A: My Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 08:45 30 September 2017


Mike Palfreman, chief executive of Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green, on the scourge of fly-tipping and the misconceptions surrounding hospices.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I have lived in Havering most of life but have worked for Haven House in Woodford Green for the last six years and have spent much of that time meeting families, councillors and other health and social care officers from across Redbridge.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The diversity of cultures and faiths across the population and the many open spaces.

What one thing would you change?

More action needed to combat fly-tipping, which seems to be an ever growing problem in many areas.

Use three words to describe the area?

Diverse, friendly, spacious.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

No single person I’m afraid but I’m constantly inspired in my job by the children, young people and families we meet at Haven House who every day face the most challenging of circumstances with courage and positivity.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

More support for life-limited children and family carers.

If you were editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

1. The issues faced by life-limited children living longer and reaching adulthood, with the fact that services are growing but as yet inadequate.

2. Greater awareness of what Haven House and other children’s hospices offer and our heavy reliance on fundraising to keep us going – there are many misconceptions about what hospices and particularly children’s hospice do and the Ilford Recorder does and could make an even bigger difference in changing perceptions.

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