Tea for 120 helps The Haven cof­fers

Al­most £4k raised at an­nual char­ity event

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Leona Greenan

It was not your nor­mal tea for two at The Haven char­ity in Blan­tyre – as 120 guests at­tended their an­nual af­ter­noon tea.

Held in The Parkville, Blan­tyre, sup­port­ers en­joyed a day with friends, fam­ily, food and, most im­por­tantly, fundrais­ing.

And an in­cred­i­ble £3980 will be go­ing di­rectly to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who sup­port those af­fected by life-lim­it­ing ill­ness.

The Haven char­ity was es­tab­lished in Blan­tyre 16 years ago, when founder Dr Dunn MBE dis­cov­ered there was a need for a ser­vice to pro­vide emo­tional sup­port for those not only fac­ing can­cer but a wider range of life­lim­it­ing ill­nesses like MS, mo­tor neu­rone, Parkin­son’s and more.

It was also iden­ti­fied that it was not only the individual with the con­di­tion that re­quired such sup­port but those clos­est to them, like fam­ily mem­bers and car­ers.

Now in 2018 the char­ity has grown from its roots in Blan­tyre and has cen­tres in Wishaw and Forth, en­sur­ing peo­ple from all over La­nark­shire and be­yond can ac­cess th­ese free ser­vices.

Fundrais­ing events like the af­ter­noon tea are key to the char­ity.

Lyn­say Cooper, Haven com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer, said: “The af­ter­noon tea was a re­ally spe­cial day. The Rock choir kicked the day off on a per­fect note and en­sured a bright and lively at­mos­phere ran through the event.

“We also en­joyed en­ter­tain­ment from the Jolly Bs, who got every­one singing along.

“Willma’s Venue Styling made the room look beau­ti­ful and The Parkville staff were so at­ten­tive and sup­port­ive. Our Haven vol­un­teers and the team from First Di­rect Hamil­ton were fan­tas­tic, and thanks to First Di­rect’s pound­for-pound scheme we dou­bled our to­tal.

“To have so many peo­ple and busi­nesses from the com­mu­nity pull to­gether to raise an in­cred­i­ble amount makes all the plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing worth­while. We can’t thank every­one enough.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about The Haven ser­vices and upcoming fundrais­ing events is asked to visit www.the­haven­cen­tre. com or call 01698 727884.

Back­ing Sup­port­ers came from across La­nark­shire to sup­port The Haven’s an­nual af­ter­noon tea

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