Autumn has well and truly arrived at Haven House. The leaves have turned brown in our beautiful grounds and a large number of events signal we have entered our busiest quarter of the year. This month we have our Pumpkin Plod and we are still buzzing from the excitement of the Haven House Autumn Ball which was hosted by our ambassador, Mark Wright, in the final week of September.

It is always a spectacular event to attend and this year raised more than £83,000 - an incredible figure which will help keep our Vision 2020 strategy, to support 500 children each year by the end of the decade in North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire, firmly on track.

The ball was special for another reason because we unveiled our brand new appeal film for the first time in front of 400 guests. It features our families speaking candidly about the challenges of caring for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

The film is introduced by Harry Luxton, a 16-year-old student from Harold Wood who has the muscle weakening condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Harry talks about the difficulties of making friends and says people often judge him because he uses a wheelchair.

Coming to Haven House has given him a sense of independence and the chance to build confidence. When Harry uses our hospice it means his parents, Joanne and Steve, have time to do basic things such as shopping or going for a meal together in a restaurant.

They know Harry will be enjoying himself creating artwork, watching his favourite films and getting the support he needs. Taking part in our film has been incredibly fulfilling for Harry and has strengthened his confidence. He wants to do even more to raise awareness of his disability and has since done an interview with his local paper as part of Hospice Care Week.

Maxine Davies, a mother from Hainault, also features in our film with her nine-year-old son, Kai, and daughter, Aisha. Kai has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and spastic quadriplegia. He cannot walk or mobilise independently and uses a wheelchair.

In our film Aisha and Maxine bravely speak about the difficulties of caring for Kai and the support they receive from Haven House. Kai has limited verbal ability, but through his mum and sister, he has a voice and we can discover the things which he enjoys such as our music therapy sessions and his favourite songs.

As part of Hospice Care Week you can help strengthen the voices of all our families by watching our new film and sharing it with your friends on social media.