Haven House will be able to provide bereavement support to more families after it was named as a beneficiary of ICAP’s Annual Charity Day.

The hospice provided bereavement support to 99 children and young people and their families in 2016/17.

On 5 December, ICAP, a leading financial markets operator based in the City, will give away its revenues and commissions to several charities, including Haven House in Woodford Green.

Haven House will use the funds from ICAP for its bereavement support service which provides specialist bereavement and emotional support to families who use the hospice, and to the families of children who have died at home or in hospital.

The service includes counselling which can support the whole family - mums, dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents - in line with Haven House’s holistic ethos.

The funds will also help Haven House deliver bereavement support to families at home as part of Haven House’s Hospice at Home project.

Eileen White, Director of Care at Haven House, said: “We are delighted to have been named as a beneficiary of ICAP’s Annual Charity Day which will allow us to provide bereavement support to even more families.

“No one expects their child to die before them – it is out of the natural order of things.

“Our specialist bereavement team is here to help at every stage of this difficult time and this support continues for as long as families need us.

“Through the generous support of ICAP we will be able to help even more bereaved families so they are able to contemplate the future.”

Rachel and Steven Brodie, who live in Whetstone, North London, received bereavement support following the death of their first child.

Isaac Maxwell Brodie was born on 1 February 2016. Just before the birth, the family discovered that he had a mass on his brain, which was later diagnosed as a tumour in the brain stem.

After two weeks of care at University College London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital and being told there was nothing else that could be done, the family were offered a transfer to Haven House, so that Isaac and his family could spend time together.

The support they received from Haven House has left a lasting impact on Rachel and Steven and has helped build their strength and resilience.

Rachel and Steven said: “During the absolute worst times of our lives, Haven House helped to make things bearable. In fact, they were much better than bearable – Haven House helped us to enjoy every precious second with our beautiful boy and allowed us to create the most special and precious memories, that give us such comfort now.”

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