A team of nurses, therapists and play staff from Haven House Children’s Hospice and Whipps Cross Hospital will brave freezing temperatures to raise funds for charity.

The group, which consists of 12 members of staff, will plunge into the chilly Parliament Hill Lido, in Highgate, on February 10 to raise money for joined-up projects supporting children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

Haven House has been working with the hospital’s paediatric oncology team to support young people and families affected by cancer. The Woodford based hospice runs a monthly teenager cancer group to support young adults undergoing treatment.

The hospice’s music therapist has also been attending the Whipps Cross neonatal intensive care unit on a weekly basis supporting families to enhance their experience during the worrying period of neonatal critical care.

The funds we raise in completing the challenge will go directly towards the services we are able to offer. We are so fortunate to have such supportive colleagues at Barts Health NHS Trust who are working in partnership with us on some innovative projects and making a difference to the babies, children, young people and families we care for.

Eileen White, Haven House Director of Care

The Ice Plunge Challenge will see participants take on the ultimate winter challenge. After plunging in to the water at Parliament Hill Lido they will complete a width of the pool, before jumping out and warming up in the sauna and with a well-deserved hot chocolate.

There is still time to join the team here.