The Conservative Cabinet minister attended a CBRE sponsored Business Breakfast for Haven House at Simpson's in the Strand in London along with Newsnight presenter Evan Davis on 26 November 2016.  

Writing for, Mr Javid said Haven House provided a “remarkable” service for life-limited children and that, businesses of all shapes and sizes, should support their local hospice. 

The Business Secretary paid tribute to his Cabinet colleague, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, who was present at the Business Breakfast and has championed the hospice sector for many years. The MP is a patron of Haven House Children’s Hospice, which is situated in his consistency of Chingford and Woodford Green.   

Mr Javid said: “Iain has seen at first hand the way in which hospices such as his own have benefited from financial partnerships and been able to expand and serve greater parts of their communities. 

“Each year it costs £3.6 million to fully resource Haven House and what they and the 53 other children’s hospices across the country do every day for life-limited children and their families is truly remarkable. Collectively more than 200 charitable hospices in the UK raise £1.9 million a day from local charitable sources. It is an extraordinary achievement”. 

Mr Javid described the hospice movement as “a great unsung British success story” and said the corporate sector had played “a leading role in contributing to that success”. He commended the entrepreneurial nature of hospices in generating much of their income through innovative partnerships and said they strengthened communities. 

In October, Britain was marked best in the world for end-of-life care by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Mr Javid said the achievement had largely been down to the basis of “charitable and voluntary endeavour”.

On average the NHS contributes 30% of the cost of adult hospices and 10% of the cost of children’s hospices. The Business Secretary described the income received from the private sector as “essential for care to be delivered” and that he wanted “businesses of all shapes and sizes to back Britain’s hospices”.

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of Haven House, said: “Sajid Javid has powerfully made the case about why it is essential that businesses support local hospices and the benefits for communities.

“We are extremely grateful to him and Evan Davis for attending this year’s Haven House Business Breakfast and for providing an excellent discussion. 

“The Business Breakfast is one of our most exclusive and high-powered corporate events with funds raised going to support local life-limited children and their families. 

“We would also like to thank our sponsors CBRE, Simpson's in the Strand for providing a sumptuous meal and Patrons Iain Duncan Smith and Barry Hearn, Trustee Michael Herst and David Goldstone for all of their help.”