Little Havens Hospice is kicking off the Christmas season with a festive weekend and the return of two popular fun filled events.
Essex’s only children’s hospice is hoping to celebrate Christmas with their supporters over the weekend of Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1.
Little Havens in Thundersley is opening its gardens for their third annual Winter Wonderland on Saturday November 30.
The free to enter Winter Wonderland Light Trail is open from 4:30pm – 8pm. The charity will be joined by the Salvation Army Brass Band who will be playing Christmas favourites.
There will also be seasonal stalls so that visitors can start their Christmas shopping early, a Santa’s Grotto which costs £5 and includes a visit to the charity’s ‘Come as yourself, leave as an Elf’ booth, festive activities, food and drink and much more.
On Sunday December 1, Little Havens is inviting supporters to join them at Wat Tyler Country Park in Basildon for their annual Santa Run.
Supporters can choose between a 4.5K or 2K festive fun run and enjoy plenty of additional attractions including Santa’s Grotto and a toy sale, plus festive food stalls, mulled wine and hot chocolate.
Medals will be awarded to all finishers and the entry price includes a Santa outfit for adults and Christmassy headgear for children.
Ken Griffiths, 76, from Hockley, is once again taking part in the Santa Run, having donned his Santa hat at last year’s event.
Ken raises money for Havens Hospices, which includes Little Havens, Fair Havens and The J’s in memory of his wife, Barbara, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in August 2016, aged 71.
The family turned to the charity’s Hospice at Home service for help and two months later, on October 4, 2016, Barbara died at home surrounded by her family.
Ken said: “I really hope a lot of people will join me at the Santa Run because it really is a great event that is suitable for all ages and is a great way to kick of the festive season!
“Last year I got a team of friends and family together for it and this year I’ll be doing the same – we had a lot of fun last year and I’m sure we will again.
“What could be better than raising money for a good cause while having a jolly good time with friends and family?”