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This summer the Bywaters family organised two charity events raising a massive £8,462 in support of Haven House Children’s Hospice. The charity cares for seriously ill babies and children, by creating a loving and warm environment for them and their families while they go through the toughest of times. They really are a lifeline for so many local families, and we are extremely proud to be supporting them.
Haven House provides round the clock care at the hospice, surrounded by beautiful grounds and woodland in Woodford Green, and through outreach services at home and in the local community. They provide; day care, overnight stays, end of life care, bereavement support, as well as life enriching activities such as sensory play, music therapy and physiotherapy.
Haven House needs to raise approximately £4 million every year to keep their doors open. Of this they only receive 20% government funding therefore they rely on the generosity of the community and supporters to keep their vital services running.
The first charity event was executed by John Glover, Director at Bywaters, who completed the three peaks challenge within 24 hours, raising £5,913. The Three peaks challenge is an event where participants climb the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland – Snowdon (height 3,560ft), Scafell Pike (3,209ft) and Ben Nevis (4,413ft). Walking a total distance of 27 miles, with a total ascent of 9,800 feet. That’s equivalent to climbing the shard 10 times.
The second charity event, ‘Bywaters to Brighton’ raised £2,549 and was participated by John Walsh, Ken Ogura, David Sealey, Sian Glover, John Glover, Ed van Reenan, Phoebe Purcell and Rodrigo Ponce. The team cycled a grueling 100km, from Bywaters head office at Lea Riverside in Bow to Brighton Beach, under the scorching sun.