Grays Great Gatsby party raises over a grand for Little Havens

A FAMILY from Grays has raised more than £1,000 for a local children’s charity by hosting a 1920’s themed party at their home.

Ruth Aston, 53, from Bradleigh Avenue, Grays, held the party on Saturday 2nd July to raise money for Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley, following a visit of the hospice which cares for babies, children and teenagers from across Essex who have life-limiting conditions.

On the night 45 guests enjoyed a 1920’s Charleston dance off, a fun casino – Jokers Wild -and photobooth. The evening raised £1,160.

Ruth said, “We decided to host a 1920’s Great Gatsby with fun casino charity event and our daughter Hope, who is 22, said she would like the money raised to be donated to Little Havens Hospice.

“When I first visited Little Havens I was feeling a little nervous about visiting on my own, but as soon as I passed through the gates, it was like stepping out of the cupboard of The Lion Witch and The Wardrobe – it’s such a beautiful tranquil place.

“As a family we feel it’s nice to give something back, especially if you’re in good health. A big thank you must go to my employer, Marks & Spencer’s at Lakeside, who allowed me a special Charity Day which gave me time to organise my event, painting and making props. I would encourage others to do their bit and help out in the community. Thanks also to my friends and family for helping us raise so much.”

For information on hosting a charity fundraiser for Little Havens Hospice, visit or call a member of our Community Fundraising team on 01702 220305.

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