Corringham Little Havens Hospice shop celebrates tenth anniversary

A LOCAL charity shop has celebrated ten years of supporting Little Havens Hospice by “Being a Hero” during Children’s Hospice Week 2012.

Volunteers at the Little Havens Charity Shop on Grover Walk, Corringham, dressed up as their favourite superheroes to celebrate the shop’s 10th birthday. The birthday celebrations fell within Children’s Hospice Week.

The charity has been asking the people of Essex to “Be a Hero” for Little Havens this week, a campaign which has seen pupils, teachers, colleagues and clubs dressing up and arranging superhero inspired fun.

Since the shop opened in 2002, an impressive £250,000 has gone to the charity which cares for seriously ill children. This is only thanks to the generosity of the local community who kindly donate their unwanted goods and shop until they drop in support of their local children’s hospice.

Over the years the Corringham based shop has had many strange donations, including a set of false teeth! However, thankfully Corringham also provides lots of high quality donations including clothes, shoes, books and games.

Pamela Miller, aged 82, from Corringham, has been volunteering at the local Little Havens Charity Shop since its very first month of opening. Pamela said, “I really love it here. I like the company and the customers are great too. Everyone who comes in here has a tale to tell, so I hear all the history of the area every day.”

Jane England, aged 51, is the Shop Manager and also lives in Corringham. Jane said, “Children’s Hospice Week is a great event for us to get involved in, its good fun for the kids dressing up as well as raising money at the same time. I have lived in Corringham most of my life, its such a close knit community, so we know almost everyone who comes into the shop. I want to thank everyone who supports the shop, especially our regulars, some of whom we see every single day!”

Little Havens Community Fundraiser, Peter Hall, said “We’ve had a great day here celebrating the shop’s 10th birthday, and what better time to do that than during Children’s Hospice Week! I hope the people of Corringham will continue to support their local charity shop and children’s hospice for another 10 years and more.”

When a family has been told that there’s no cure for their child’s illness, Little Havens Hospice can help by controlling pain and medication, offering respite and caring for children at the end of their lives. This free, specialist care is there for as long as it’s needed, within the home and at the hospice.

To find out how to more about the charity’s shops, how to donate, opening times or if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer please visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/charityshops or call 01702 220350.

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