Parents of children with complex medical needs and life-limiting conditions in the London Borough of Enfield can now access a new Toy Home Loan service.

Haven House Children’s Hospice - the only children’s hospice to serve North London from a specialist building - has 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.

Toy Home Loan provides parents in Enfield with access to specialist toys for up to three months. Many of the toys are designed to produce a sensory response and all items are gender neutral. The service also operates in the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, West Essex, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Haringey and Islington. In 2015/16, 115 children were supported by the charity’s Toy Home Loan service.

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.  

Fiona Martin, Haven House Toy Home Loan Coordinator for Enfield, said: “For parents with children with life-limiting conditions our Toy Home Loan service is a great introduction to the benefits of hospice support and how it can make a wonderful difference to families.

“We are delighted to extend our Toy Home Loan service to the London Borough of Enfield. It means greater choice for parents and more opportunities for children to play and develop with specialist toys catering for their individual needs.

“Our toy library is vast. It includes many objects that light up such as LED lamps, plasma globes and hand-held UV light tubes. Mirror balls, bubble tubes, switch-operated toys of different shapes, sizes and textures and musical toys such as LED tambourines.

“We also have a selection of toys designed to relieve stress and support the development of focus, attention, and active listening.”

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or call 0208 506 3630.