Lanarkshire charity, The Haven boosts funds at their recent Ladies Lunch raising over £7000.
The Haven, a registered charity which provides support to people affected by a range of life limiting illness and to their family members and carers and supports people across the whole of North and South Lanarkshire through its centres in Blantyre, Wishaw and Forth, held their annual Ladies Lunch on Sunday 3rdMarch at The Radstone Hotel, Larkhall.
The Haven offers a programme of support designed to help individuals cope with the physical, emotional and practical aspects of their illness and to enable them to face the future positively with hope and events such as the Ladies Lunch are vital to the sustainability of these services.
Almost 200 ladies enjoyed a day of fun, fizz and fundraising with this year’s lunch expertly hosted by TV reporter and presenter David Farrell, with entertainment provided by the Rock Choir Hamilton and the fantastic Men of Motown – Southern Flava, fresh from their stint on BBC programme ‘All Together Now’.
June Sutherland, Service Manager at The Haven said: “This year’s Haven Ladies Lunch was a huge success and we are delighted to not only raise an incredible amount of £7,200 but to also receive great feedback from our guests. With some of the highlights being the incredible Men of Motown, who kept the dancefloor full all afternoon and of course the delicious two course meal from The Radstone!
“The Haven is now approaching 17 years since the first drop in centre opened in Blantyre and we could not have opened our further two vibrant drop in centres in Wishaw and Forth without the continued support from businesses and individuals at events like our Ladies Lunch.
“A huge thank you from all at The Haven, your contributions and generosity will make a real difference to those facing the emotional impact of a life limiting illness.”
This year is the year of The Haven’s Children’s Appeal and the money raised will help towards the sustainability of The Haven’s Children and Young People Service. This service helps to support children and young people to feel resilient and strong, enabling them to understand their own emotions and to be confident enough to share the natural feelings of loss when someone they care about is seriously ill or has died. The Haven Centre in Blantyre has an established children’s service and the charity is in the process of setting up a similar service in the Forth Centre as well as ensuring support to the Wishaw Centre.
The best way to hear about The Haven’s Children and Young People’s Service and the support it provides to the local community is to hear from the children themselves.
A child who received support from The Haven said: “It’s nice to feel listened to. I don’t feel I’m carrying everything on my own anymore and dad and I are definitely getting along better. It’s been a huge help to come here and talk to you. It’s reassuring to know that I can come back if I feel I’m beginning to struggle again.”