Hundreds turn out for hospice's Platinum Jubilee tea party
- Credit: Ken Mears
Hundreds of people enjoyed an afternoon tea hosted by a charity in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Haven House Children's Hospice organised the party in the garden at its base in Woodford Green on Saturday (May 21).
Children and families who are cared for by the hospice were among more than 500 people who turned out for the event.
The occasion also included live music from the likes of Wanstead Rock Choir and singer Lydia Maddix, with jubilee-themed crafts also on offer.
The charity's chief executive Sian Wicks told guests: “We all know how tough the last couple of years have been and we have been so looking forward to opening our grounds to our local community and supporters to say a huge thank you for being there for us.
"Without amazing people in our community, we simply couldn’t be here for the families we work with."
She also explained the charity's royal links, which included a visit from King George VI in 1940 and Prince Philip playing cricket in the grounds in 1949.
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"Haven House is steeped in history. It’s very fitting, with the royal connections and the deep roots in our local community, that we open our doors to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee," she added.
The event also raised more than £5,100 for the charity, which looks after children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Volunteers had baked a number of cakes and treats, with the star of the show being an afternoon tea themed cake which was auctioned off for £110.
The grounds were also adorned with red, white and blue decorations.
All of the money raised will support Haven House’s specialist and vital care services, the charity said.
Chingford and Woodford Green MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith, a Haven House patron, also spoke during the event.
Nicola Hastings, who attended with her two-year-old son Rudy, said: “It was such a lovely event where families with disabled children could feel totally at home, totally seen and most importantly able to enjoy themselves.
"The playground was packed with children having the best time as the sun shone and the bands played."