Your support means we can look after mums, dads, carers, brothers, sisters and grandparents, making sure they always have somewhere to turn to when times are hard. We are here to make sure that every child and their family gets the best possible care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Gloria’s granddaughter Larna was diagnosed with leukemia when she was two years old. Here Gloria shares how we have supported her family and what Haven House means to her. The word ‘hospice’ was daunting when we were initially told about Haven House. 

Haven House is a calm, relaxing, friendly and welcoming space. 

Our first impressions were not at all what we had expected, which was a place just for end-of-life care. It was such a relief to find people there who could help support us in ways that were not just medical. The counselling, music and play therapies meant so much more than we first realised. I remember attending one of Larna’s music sessions and for the first time I saw her dance. What a moment this was!

Nothing is ever too much trouble and in the darkest of times we were supported and advised on different aspects of my granddaughter’s treatment. Everyone is so friendly and genuinely cares for us as a whole family, not just the affected child. My grandson Blake has received counselling to help him deal with his sister’s diagnosis, and as a family we have been able to use the extensive grounds privately during the COVID pandemic, as a safe space to have outside time. Blake was able to celebrate his 10th birthday in the playground surrounded by his family.

The woodland walks and spacious grounds have been a light on some very dark days. The staff are always there to answer any questions we have and treat us all with care and compassion. I hadn’t heard of Haven House before Larna’s diagnosis but I’m just so grateful for everything they have done for my family.

Knowing that they rely on the generosity of the local community is mind blowing. I wish to thank each and every one of you.