Haven House volunteer’s 17 years of selfless service lauded at awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 14:49 24 October 2016

Award winning volunteer Violet Pace at Haven House.

Award winning volunteer Violet Pace at Haven House.


The longest-serving volunteer of a charity providing care to sick children and their families was honoured at a glitzy awards ceremony earlier this month.

Violet Pace receiving her Heart of Essex Award in Chelmsford earlier this month.Violet Pace receiving her Heart of Essex Award in Chelmsford earlier this month.

Violet Pace was recognised for her work with Haven House Children’s Hospice at the Heart of Essex Awards, held at Hylands House, Chelmsford.

The 85-year-old, who came second in the Volunteer of the Year category, used the occasion to call for more people to join the charity and support the “exceptional care” it provides.

Haven House, which cares for children and teenagers across Redbridge and the wider east London and Essex area, has been working with Violet for 17 years.

After three decades at the Kenneth More Theatre, Clements Road, Ilford, Violet began volunteering for the hospice, in 1999, when it operated from a temporary office in Cranbrook Road, Ilford.

She recalled: “Back then Haven House had one fundraiser, an administrator, a facilities person and just two or three volunteers. It’s lovely to see how everything has changed since those early days.”

Haven House opened the doors to its current home, The White House, Woodford Green, in 2003.

Chief executive Mike Palfreman said: “We are delighted Violet has been honoured for her long-standing volunteering.

“Violet’s ability to brighten up everyone’s day at Haven House with a joke and song makes her wonderful company.

“She is simply a legend and an inspiration to all of us.

“Violet is one of more than 300 volunteers who give their time to Haven House each year and help us make an immeasurable difference to life-limited children in our local area.”

And Violet revealed she still enjoyed working at the charity as much as she did 17 years ago.

“I love volunteering at Haven House because it’s such a lovely place: the good that we do here and the care that we provide to the children is exceptional.

“I hope more volunteers can come and join us.”

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