Gateway Academy students visit Little Havens


PUPILS and teachers from schools as well as individuals from businesses across Essex had a unique insight into a local children’s hospice at a festive themed open day this week.

On 21st November, Little Havens Children’s Hospice opened its doors offering tours to pupils of all ages as well as individuals from businesses across Essex. Over 90 students, staff and individuals attended to find out more about the care the hospice provides to children throughout Essex and what a hospice is really like inside. Little Havens cares for babies, children and teenagers who have serious life-limiting conditions, providing respite, symptom control and end of life care as well as support for the whole family.

Those who attended on the day were led on tours by members of the fundraising team, dressed in festive attire, who talked them through the facilities of the hospice such as the multi sensory room, dining area, messy and soft play areas, children’s bedrooms, bathrooms, family lounge and teenage den.

During the day, children and adults also had the opportunity to take part in craft activities, where they created letters addressed to the children Little Havens Hospice cares for. The team also answered questions about why the hospice is a special place for children who have a life-limiting illness and how Little Havens Hospice looks after them and their families.

Gateway Academy, a secondary school located in Grays, attended the open day and was represented by 11 students between years 7-11 from the student leadership team. Gateway Academy staff, Claire Whitbread and Anne Wright, also attended to find out more about Little Havens and the care the hospice provides.

Claire Whitbread, Lead College Coach at Gateway Academy said: “We are passionate in our support for Little Havens and we wanted to see for ourselves how the children’s hospice uses our donations to care for local families. We were really inspired and encouraged by what we learned and are keen to continue our support of the hospice.”

Peter Hall, Community Fundraising Manager said: “I would like to thank all of the students, teachers and individuals who visited us for our very special open day. I hope all children and adults went away with a better understanding of what Little Havens Hospice does and that they continue to support the charity.”

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