Haven House cares for seriously ill children and their families by providing round-the-clock care at the hospice, surrounded by beautiful grounds and woodland, in Woodford Green and through outreach services in the home and local community.
Services include: day care, overnight stays, end of life care, bereavement support, as well as life-enriching activities such as sensory play, music therapy and physiotherapy.
Along with mental health charity, Mind, Haven House have been chosen by Harry Kane to appear on the kit for a second season – albeit with a very different colour scheme: last year’s black has given away to an eye-catching neon yellow! This continued exposure and support from both Harry and the Club will benefit the hospice following a difficult period, when many fundraising efforts, including the hospice’s charity shops, were affected by the pandemic.
One family currently supported by Haven House is the Ryley-Warrens: four-year old Larna was diagnosed with leukaemia aged two, and she and her family, including 10-year old brother Blake, receive much-needed help and care from the hospice. Larna and Blake, along with Haven House Lead Nurse Aisling Kilbane, joined us for the kit photo shoot with Harry earlier in the month – and were overjoyed to receive fit bumps, autographs and photos from the England captain.
Everyone at Leyton Orient is looking forward to more opportunities to support Haven House and the incredible work they do over the coming year.
Harry Kane, England Captain and Tottenham Hotspur striker, said: “I’m so happy to be able to donate the away shirt to Haven House for a second season. The need for the care that they provide did not stop with the pandemic, but their ability to raise vital funds did – and so our support is crucial, now more than ever.”
Eileen White, Director of Care at Haven House said: “What a moment for Larna and Blake. Harry put a huge smile on their faces. Memories which will be with them forever. Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen for our hospice. We’re delighted that Harry’s generosity means we can continue such a special partnership into the 2021/22 season.
Harry grew up near to the hospice and knows well the vital lifeline we provide to local families. The impact of the past year has been felt by us all, especially our hospice families who have been shielding and isolated at home. As an organisation it has been the toughest year yet. This incredible partnership means so much to us in terms of helping to raise our profile and funds for our work in supporting children with complex healthcare needs. We are incredibly proud and grateful to be part of the O’s family and we are looking forward to working closely with the team and Harry again this year.”
Josh Stephens, Head of Commercial at Leyton Orient FC, said: “Haven House has captured our hearts over the last 12 or so months, and we are thrilled that Harry has chosen to support Haven House again for the 2021/22 season. Having now met several staff and nurses at Haven House, my admiration for them and the incredible work they do has gone through the roof. The work they do is invaluable and the way they care not just for the children, but for their siblings and families as well, is beyond astonishing. And I can’t finish without mentioning Larna, who joined us for the photo shoot with Harry alongside her brother, Blake. Larna – you are a superstar!”
The Leyton Orient away shirts will be available to pre-order from the online store soon. The date for pre-orders will be announced in due course.
The O’s are delighted to say that 10% of the proceeds from each sale will go towards the relevant charities.