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Volunteers celebrate 30 years of Havens Hospices in Southend
THE Mayor of Southend welcomed volunteers and fundraisers to his official residence in Southchurch, to celebrate a hospice’s 30th anniversary – and raise money for a good cause.
The Friends of Havens Hospices organised the event at Porters Civic House and Mayor’s Parlour, in Southchurch Road.
Guests enjoyed sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea and were joined by mayor Brian Kelly, and his wife Ann for a tour of the historic house and live music by local jazz singer, Elisa Adams.
The event raised £588 for Havens Hospices, the charity which incorporates Fair Havens Hospice and Little Havens Hospice and cares for seriously ill children and adults and their families.
Mr Kelly, who is also a councillor for Southchurch ward, said : “None of us ever know when we may need the care and support that these two very special places offer.
“The charity doesn’t charge a single penny for its care but this is onlymade possible by the support the hospices receive from people in the local community, who generously give their money and their time.” The event was the idea of Diane Crix, 48, a member of the Friends of Havens Hospices group.
She said: “Porters Civic House is such a lovely building and many local people do not know it exists, or have the opportunity to visit it.
“It provides a wonderful setting for an afternoon event such as this, where guests can enjoy the history and gardens.”
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