Children enjoyed hunting for eggs and Easter-themed arts and crafts at Haven House Children’s Hospice yesterday.

A bright, spring day provided the perfect conditions for the activity day at the Woodford-Green hospice, which cares for seriously ill babies and children by creating a loving and warm environment for them and their families while they go through the unimaginable.

The group, which included the brothers and sisters of the children we care for, made baskets before heading out into the hospice’s beautiful grounds on an Easter themed trail.

Director of Care at Haven House Eileen White said, “A wonderful time was had by all. It was so lovely to see the children smiling and really enjoying themselves. We love being able to hold days like these to allow families a chance to spend special time together and make precious memories.”

Easter at a children’s hospice is quite different to other children’s Easter celebrations. At Haven House the children can enjoy art, crafts, play, music, story-telling and time in the gardens.

Every year Haven House receives hundreds of donated chocolate eggs but unfortunately many of our children are unable to eat chocolate. Not being able to eat, drink and swallow whole food is sometimes a consequence of the life-limiting or life-threatening condition that affects the children we care for.

Eileen added: “Many of our children are tube fed with prescription feeds to aid digestion and are fed directly by tube into the stomach. Unfortunately, this means that they are unable to enjoy a chocolate Easter egg in the same way as a well child or young person can.

“We would never turn away a kind donation from our supporters, but if you would like to help our hospice this Easter, please consider donating a toy or piece of equipment via our wish list, which would have more longevity and bring much joy to our children throughout the year.”

For more information about our Wish List click here.