Haven House Children’s hospice benefits from raffle at Angels, Gifts and Healing event in Wanstead

Visitors to a Wanstead church raised money for the Haven House Children’s Hospice on Sunday while also enjoying “rejuvenating” therapies.

The Angels, Gifts and Healing event in the Christ Church, Wanstead Place, included a raffle for the hospice in High Road, Woodford Green, with prizes such as tickets to the forthcoming Cinderella pantomime at Ilford’s Kenneth More Theatre.

Organiser Anita Moses also offered a facial massage therapy called Rejuvanessence which she has previously provided to parents at the hospice, which helps children with life-limiting conditions.

A variety of stands sold arts and crafts, books and gifts and offered massage and reflexology therapies.

Co-organiser Heather Andrews-Dobbs said: “There was a real mix of cultures in the different stands. What was really wonderful was how some people set up their stands and everybody went home rejuvenated.”

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Students from East Ham’s Deborah Day Theatre School, who regularly perform in the West End, took to a stage to sing show tunes and self-penned numbers.

Other raffle prizes on offer included a hair wash and blow-dry, dry cleaning, a car service and restaurant vouchers.

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Mike Palfreman, Haven House’s chief executive, said: “We are most grateful to the organisers of this fair for thinking of Haven House.”

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