April has arrived at Haven House with a burst of colour and excitement in the form of a new campaign. It’s bold, ambitious and something we hope will encourage more of our communities to support our vital work.

Even though Haven House first opened its doors in 2003, many residents across our area remain unaware that we are their local children’s hospice and the many different ways in which they can get involved.

Through our Time to Make a Difference campaign, we are highlighting all the inspiring ways you can support Haven House and make a real difference to the children we care for. Whether that’s through a donation, leaving a legacy, volunteering, attending an event or pledging to raise funds for us - everyone can play a part in helping us care for local life-limited children and their families.

The campaign is particularly exciting for Haven House as for the first time will are promoting our work on the passenger panel of local buses that travel near the hospice including routes in Chingford, Hackney, Islington, Leyton, Stratford, Walthamstow, Whipps Cross and Woodford. The campaign will also feature on a large board outside Waitrose in South Woodford.

If you spot one of our ads when you are out and about please take a picture and share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The advert shows Kristian (who uses Haven House) and his dad, Sean, walking in the grounds outside our colorful Buddies hut - a fun and exciting space for the siblings of Haven House children. Kristian’s mum, Mel, has also recorded a powerful short film explaining that the support she receives through respite care for Kristian is invaluable to her and her family.

As part of the campaign, we have launched a 12-month partnership with local radio station Time 107.5. Listeners in East London and West Essex will be able to hear a variety of different adverts profiling Haven House services and the voices of parents like Mel who use the hospice.

We also want to challenge the idea that a children’s hospice is a “dark” and “depressing” place - it really isn’t. Over the next 12 months we will be bringing you stories and videos from our families explaining why this is simply not the case.

To find out more and get involved with Haven House through the campaign please visit our Time to Make a Difference page.