Matchroom Sports Chairman Barry Hearn planted a tree in the grounds of Haven House Hospice on Wednesday 20 June to celebrate turning 70 the day before and our 15th birthday year.

The legendary sports promoter who is a long-term supporter and Patron of Haven House planted a Himalayan Birch in our sensory garden and then had a tour of our newly refurbished hospice and new Matchroom Suite which is being built at the entrance to the grounds.

Funded by the Matchroom Foundation, the new two-story building will open later this year. As part of his visit, Barry received a commemorative plate created by children who use Haven House and decorated with emblems from the many different sports associated with his career.

Barry Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sport, said: “I’m honoured to be a Patron of Haven House. To have my own tree planted next to the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, is a huge privilege.

“Haven House has made a staggering difference to the lives of so many families over the past 15 years. I am proud to have played a small part in helping the hospice grow.”

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of Haven House, said: “Barry Hearn is a hero of Haven House and a tree in our grounds is a fitting tribute to our magnificent Patron.

“Through Barry’s incredible generosity we were able to support 367 children last year. We are so grateful to Barry and Matchroom Foundation for funding our new Matchroom Suite.

“This will provide greater space for our Income Generation and Marketing Team which has expanded in recent years as the charity has grown its fundraising income and cared for more children. The Matchroom Suite will also further improve the use of space for staff in our Holistic Care Centre and hospice.

“With only 19% of our funding coming from government sources, the generosity of wonderful friends like Barry is crucial if we are to care for more families.”

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