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Haven House raises nearly £7,000 after hospice is transformed into Christmas Wonderland

PUBLISHED: 11:30 05 December 2018

Children and families visited Haven House in Woodford Green at the weekend after it was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. Photo: Haven House Children's Hospice

Children and families visited Haven House in Woodford Green at the weekend after it was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. Photo: Haven House Children's Hospice

Haven House Children's Hospice

Haven House Children’s Hospice was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland at the weekend and helped to raise nearly £7,000 for charity.

The garden at the hospice was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland Photo: Haven House Children's HospiceThe garden at the hospice was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland Photo: Haven House Children's Hospice

Adorned with festive decorations, from twinkling lights to Christmas trees, snowflakes and reindeers, the Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green brought the spirit of the holiday season to hundreds of children, families and visitors.

Guests filled the hospice to enjoy a festive frenzy of gift stalls, tombola’s, raffle and tasty winter warmers and sweet treats.

Children and families visited Haven House in Woodford Green at the weekend after it was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. Photo: Haven House Children's HospiceChildren and families visited Haven House in Woodford Green at the weekend after it was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. Photo: Haven House Children's Hospice

They then had the chance to step into a Winter Wonderland through the Hospice’s whimsical garden complete with snow, giant presents before meeting the big man himself and his friendly elves in Santa’s Grotto.

To complete the day families enjoyed the Christmas petting corner with sheep and a donkey from Hackney City Farm.

Children got to visit Santa and his elves. Photo: Haven House Children's HospiceChildren got to visit Santa and his elves. Photo: Haven House Children's Hospice

There were also performances throughout the day from UltraSound Choir, Eclectic Voice, Islington Community Choir, Dave Singer Swing and Matt Lautman.

The hospice celebrated its 15th birthday this year, and provides support to hundreds of children suffering life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.

There was a Christmas petting corner with sheep and a donkey from Hackney City Farm. Photo: Haven House Children's HospiceThere was a Christmas petting corner with sheep and a donkey from Hackney City Farm. Photo: Haven House Children's Hospice

Haven House is situated at The White House in Mallinson Park which was previously frequented by Sir Winston during his time as the local MP for Woodford.

Events fundraising manager, Katie Tyler, said: “This is the first time we have hosted an event of this kind and we were delighted with the turnout.

There were also performances throughout the day from UltraSound Choir, Eclectic Voice, Islington Community Choir, Dave Singer Swing and Matt Lautman.  Photo: Haven House Children's HospiceThere were also performances throughout the day from UltraSound Choir, Eclectic Voice, Islington Community Choir, Dave Singer Swing and Matt Lautman. Photo: Haven House Children's Hospice

“There was a lovely festive atmosphere at the hospice.

“It was great to see so many people just wandering around the garden and enjoying the live music.

“A special thanks goes to all the staff and volunteers who came together and worked so hard to make the event a real success.

“Thanks to our sponsors CRATE Loughton (managed by Grangewood Investments) and Percy Ingle and the lovely ladies from the Women’s Institute for their support.”

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