The hospice, which provides round-the-clock care to seriously ill babies and children, has felt the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff have been working tirelessly to get children and babies out of hospital beds and away from the frontline to support the NHS and provide better-suited care.
The donation comes as part of Barratt Homes’ Community Fund scheme, which sees the housing developer donate £1,000 each month to a deserving charity in the local area.
In 2019 Haven House Children’s Hospice cared for 441 children and provides; day care, over-night stays, end of life care, bereavement support, as well as life enriching activities such as sensory play, music therapy and physiotherapy.
Paola Noto, Communications Manager at Haven House Children’s Hospice, said: “We rely on our local community for 80% of our income and that need remains and will continue. Our Care services are needed right now more than ever.
“Haven House is there from the time a devastating diagnosis is made to help families have choice, quality of life and to make the most of the precious time they have together. We are there when and where families need us. “
Karly Williams, Sales Director at Barratt Homes North Thames, said: “Our Community Fund scheme has assisted many charities since its inception in 2019. However, to help support brave children facing an uncertain future, is very touching and goes beyond supporting community projects.
“The work that Haven House does to improve overall quality of life for those who deserve it most is incredible and we are privileged to support such a charity.”
Paola added: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected by Barratt Homes to benefit from the Community Fund scheme. We think this is a fantastic scheme that acknowledges local charities and the important role they play in our communities. The scheme is in line with our values and mission in improving the quality of life of those living in our local area and our vision of a community where every child and young person living with a life-limiting illness gets the care they need, want and deserve.”
One in three people will know someone with a seriously ill child at some point in their life. The latest donation will help keep the doors open to this vital service. It will also assist in the recent music-therapy sessions that children can access online and via video-conference, helping the charity continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’.