Haven House Children’s Hospice was delighted to unveil a new office on its grounds this week.
The Matchroom Suite was made possible after the hospice, which cares for seriously ill children and young people, received a grant from the Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation.
The office building gives the Woodford-based hospice greater capacity and increased space for its care team and will allow them to be closer to the children and families they support. Founder of Matchroom Sport and Patron of the hospice Barry Hearn joined staff and special guests at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new structure.
Barry said: “Helping others where we can has always been a cornerstone of Matchroom’s philosophy and we are privileged to be in a position to really make a difference to other people’s lives through the Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation.” The Matchroom Suite will be home to the charity’s fundraising, marketing and communications teams who work to raise vital funds for services and staff who support families facing the unimaginable.
Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of Haven House, thanked everyone who helped make the new development a reality. He said: “We’re immensely grateful to the Matchroom Foundation for making this much needed development possible. Barry has been a long-standing supporter and friend of Haven House and we are delighted that he and his family can join us today to mark this celebration. “The demand for our services continues to grow and we need to raise around £4.4million each year. This bright and spacious office will be put to great use by our teams who are essential in raising these funds and awareness of what we do as a charity. We care for over 350 local children and young people every year, both at the hospice and in family homes so every penny raised really does count.”