The Mayor of Enfield paid a visit to Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green on Thursday 28 October and praised the charity for extending its Toy Home Loan service into the London Borough of Enfield.

Haven House - the only children’s hospice to serve North London from a specialist building - extended its free service to Enfield as part of a drive to increase the number of children and families that it supports in North London earlier this summer.

Toy Home Loan provides parents of life-limited children in Enfield with access to specialist toys for up to three months. Since it launched Haven House has supported more than ten families with the service.

In her first visit to Haven House, the Mayor of Enfield, Cllr Bernadette Lappage, said she was “delighted” that the charity was now supporting more families in the borough.

As part of her visit, Mayor Lappage met Haven House Toy Home Loan Coordinator for Enfield, Fiona Martin, and the charity’s North London Community Engagement Executive, Lindy Hunt.

The Mayor also met Haven House Chief Executive Mike Palfreman and spent time with children and care staff in the hospice.

Mayor Lappage said: “I was really impressed with everything that I saw at Haven House and I am delighted that families in Enfield are now benefiting from Toy Home Loan.

“The cost of specialist toys is simply out of reach for many parents with life-limited children in our borough which is why Toy Home Loan is such an important service.”     

Lindy Hunt, Haven House North London Community Engagement Executive, said: “It was fantastic to show Mayor Lappage around Haven House.

“She spent considerable time learning about the importance of Toy Home Loan for families in Enfield and how it can help them access other hospice services.

“Mayor Lappage was also very interested to hear about the work we are doing to strengthen our links with local businesses and community groups in Enfield and across North London.”

By extending Toy Home Loan to Enfield, Haven House hopes parents of life-limited children will also be encouraged to access its full range of respite and therapeutic services from its hospice and Holistic Care Centre in Woodford Green.  

If you are in the London Borough of Enfield and would like to know more about our Toy Home Loan service, please contact our Toy Home Loan Coordinator for Enfield, Fiona Martin, by email fionamartin@havenhouse.org.uk or call 020 8506 5523.

For more information please visit our Toy Home Loan page.

If you are in North London and would like to support Haven House through an event please contact Lindy Hunt in our North London fundraising team. Email lindyhunt@havenhouse.org.uk or call 0208 506 3630.