The Media People got together 5 years ago with the aim of being passionate about what we do and creating a personality that sets us apart from other businesses. We're professionals in the Digital Media Agency world - but our difference is we still have very strong connections with traditional media, so we are able to go beyond what other digital agencies do.

From the beginning we have aimed to build strong personal relationships with everyone we meet along the way. Our friendship with Haven House is a great example of this. We love what they do - and we wanted to share their Christmas message with you:

Families want to be together at home over Christmas. It’s not always easy for families to travel to and from the hospice, especially when children have complex conditions and needs.

You can help seriously ill children like Annabelle enjoy precious time at home with their family this Christmas and all year round.

Here are some examples of how your donation could make a difference:

The Gift of Family Time - £20 can go towards support at home by our specialist care team, giving a family more precious time together this Christmas.

The Gift of Play - £35 could pay for one session of play for a child to enjoy with our specialist Play Co-ordinator. 

The Gift of Music - £75 pays for one session for a child to experience the joy of music through sound and encourage interaction with a Music Therapist.  

When you buy a gift or make a donation, don’t forget to send us your Christmas wish. Every Christmas wish will be shared with our children, families and care team.

Annabelle's story:

Annabelle is three years old and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA Type 1). Together with hospice at home visits, physiotherapy, play and music therapy, Haven House has helped Annabelle and her family re-build what they thought they had lost at diagnosis.

When Annabelle was six months old, she stopped reaching and kicking her legs and she became quiet. After multiple trips to the doctors, Annabelle became severely ill, and was admitted to hospital. On the day before Christmas Eve Mum, Michelle and Dad, Chris, were given the devastating news of Annabelle's diagnosis. They were told that Annabelle would not walk, talk or eat and wouldn't live past the age of just 18 months, they were heartbroken and helpless.

We will never forget that Christmas. All our hopes and dreams for Annabelle stopped that day. What was meant to be a magical time instead became the agonising possibility that this could be our first, and last, Christmas together.

Michelle, Annabelle's Mum

(SMA Type 1) causes progressive muscle weakness, loss of movement, difficulty swallowing. Constant physiotherapy is crucial to help her improve movement and the hospice has been providing Annabelle with regular sessions. Annabelle would not have made the progress that she has without Haven House.

Katie, a hospice nurse, visits Annabelle at home and offers her support and help when it is needed.

Christmas is an emotional time for Michelle and Chris. There is always a tinge of sadness. However, they make it as magical as possible for Annabelle and love nothing more than being at home together as a family.

You can read more about Annabelle’s story here, or watch our film.

Please help us make this a Happy Christmas for Annabelle and all the other children and families we support.

Haven House helps around 370 children every year, but it is estimated that there are 2,000 more who need support and could be helped. 81% of our donations come from people like you and it is the reason the hospice exists.