YESTERDAY, seven-year-old Archie Turner gave GMTV viewers a guided tour of the hospice as part of Children’s Hospice Week (17-22 May).
Archie, who lives in Southminster with his family, has been visiting Little Havens since he was only one due to a form of Muscular Dystrophy that restricts him to a wheelchair.
On Wednesday morning he guided viewers around the hospice stopping to enjoy a game of hide and seek in the gardens with his family as well as some time splashing in the swimming pool.
Archie’s Mum, Rachel, told GMTV viewers: “We come to Little Havens as a family for respite. It gives us all a break and Archie gets a good break as well.
“Whilst we’re here we get to do lots of things together as a family that we might not otherwise be able to do. It’s a place that we love because it’s like a home from home.”
Little Havens Children’s Hospice provides respite breaks, symptom control and end-of-life care for youngsters who have serious conditions and who are not expected to reach adulthood.
The hospice relies heavily on donations and fund raising events to meet the £2.3 million running costs each year.
When asked what his favourite activities were at the hospice, Archie said: “I love the swimming pool at Little Havens. It’s a place I love to be and I can have lots of fun. I especially like it when my carer Brian takes me swimming as I really like the big splashes he can do!”
To find out more about the hospice and ways to contribute visit www.littlehavens.org.uk or call 01702 220350.