Don Foster from Wanstead, one of the hospice’s longest-serving volunteers, has been awarded the Order of Mercy, a prestigious medal, recognising his long service to volunteering at Haven House.

The awards ceremony took place at The Mansion House, in the City of London, in the presence of the Sheriff of The City, and a number of distinguished guests.

Rt Hon Lord Lingfield, President of the League of Mercy, explained; ‘Mr Foster has carried out extraordinary work for the welfare of others and is a marvellous example of someone who has given wonderful service to his community.  We were delighted to be able, on the recommendation of the charity, to make this well deserved award.’

Speaking about Don’s prestigious decoration, Haven House Chief Executive, Mike Palfreman, said; ‘The support and commitment that Don has shown to Haven House over the past ten years and the funds that he has raised for local life-limited children has been nothing short of remarkable.’  He continues; ‘On behalf of everyone at Haven House, we would like to congratulate Don on this much deserved award.’

Don and his team of volunteers, have raised over £400k for Haven House by organising regular bucket collections at London underground stations.