Haven House Children’s Hospice – 15 Years of Care
Haven House Children’s Hospice was first conceived in the early 1990’s, as the brainchild of Sue Irwin, a registered nurse and health visitor, who with friends and colleagues, Sue founded the charity to provide care to life-limited children and their families at no cost to them.
Like many community hospices at that time, the initial plan had been to raise enough funds locally to create a purpose-built children’s hospice. However, after several years of fundraising, Sue was alerted to the Mallinson Estate, on the borders of Essex and North East London. Through the support and dedication of Sue’s friends and early Haven House supporters in 2000 we acquired a 99-year lease on The White House, a locally listed former family home set in four acres of protected woodland, was acquired.
Haven House is incredibly grateful to our Life Presidents for their support during this time. The first service for children, the Toy Home Loan service, began in 2001 while the committee continued to fundraise to enable the building to be transformed into premises suitable for children with complex health needs.
Today, Haven House has supported over 900 families, looking after children and young people aged from birth to 19 years old who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
Residential and community services extend across North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire, including respite and end-of-life care.
In the hospice, children benefit from play activities as well as day and overnight stays. Through the Holistic Care Centre, opened in September 2014, children can access a range of therapies, including music therapy, physiotherapy and therapeutic yoga.
Families can also take advantage of support groups for mums and dads and siblings (Buddies) as well as complementary therapies designed to reduce stress and anxiety.
In our grounds there is a fully accessible specialist play area and tranquil sensory garden surrounded by many acres of beautiful woodland.
Vision, Mission, Values
The best possible life for every baby, child and young person with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and their families, who live in our local communities.
To provide the highest quality palliative and holistic care services to babies, children and young people and their families in our local communities. Working in partnership we will deliver these services whenever and wherever our families need them.
In partnership with our staff, trustees and service users we have refreshed our core values and behaviors over the past year. This forms the framework for how we deliver our services.
If you would like to find out more about Haven House Children’s Hospice please visit havenhouse.org.uk.