Sir Richard Branson is one of the UK's best-known business leaders. He founded the iconic Virgin Group in 1970, which now has successful businesses in a range of sectors including mobile telephony, travel, financial services, leisure and entertainment, space and health and wellness.

In the first event of its kind, Haven House hosted an exclusive fireside chat with the man himself, alongside advertising’s most prominent figure - and long-standing hospice supporter - Sir Martin Sorrell.  

Sir Richard discussed a variety of topics including the highs and lows of his career, his passions and interests, climate change, and his thoughts on the future.

He also answered several questions submitted by guests on issues including: business trends, how he takes time out and, of course, the latest on Virgin Galactic – the world’s first commercial spaceline.


Sir Martin said:

I know Haven House has been hit tremendously hard during the pandemic so thank you for all taking part in this event to raise much needed funds for the hospice. 

''I first became involved in this wonderful charity a few years ago when I was asked to take part in their annual Business Breakfast and was interviewed by Evan Davis. I then hosted the event last year interviewing Lord Alan Sugar. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the families Haven House supported and was struck by their experience of losing a child and the incredible care this hospice gave them and their son when no-one else could. I could see the enormous difference this charity has on the families they help.'' 

''As all their fundraising events have been cancelled this year, the hospice needs our support now more than ever, so we have gone virtual. I am absolutely thrilled that Sir Richard could join us and share his experiences.''

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive at Haven House added:

I’d like to say a very big thank you to Sir Martin for making this event happen and to both Martin and Sir Richard for giving their time to create a hugely enjoyable and informative event which everyone thoroughly appreciated.The current Covid-19 crisis has had a significant impact on our fundraising. Online events are essential so we can carry on caring for some of the most vulnerable families in our community.

Haven House would like to thank the following event sponsors:

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