Article last updated : 02/11/2010
Lottery Award For Little Havens
Little Havens has been announced winner of the Best Lottery Funded Voluntary/Charity Project during The National Lottery’s Big Night.
Little Havens was awarded £650,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in 2002 which funded eight specialist children’s nurses for three years securing the charity a place in the final of the awards.
The star studded ceremony, hosted by musical star John Barrowman, was broadcast live on BBC1 from the Camden Roundhouse in London, a Lottery funded venue. Entertainment included special performances from McFly and Taio Cruz and a performance extravaganza
The atmosphere in the Roundhouse was electric with anticipation as guests nervously awaited the results in the audience. The first category to find out their fate was Best Voluntary/Charity Project in association with Woman magazine and the ladies at the Little Havens table screamed with excitement as Little Havens won the award.
Accepting the award for Best Voluntary/Charity Project, Little Havens Head of Care Lauren Summers addressed audience members and millions of viewers saying, “We were in competition with two other fantastic charities so I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for Little Havens!
"The funding we received from the Lottery in 2002 made a huge difference to the work we do. Thank you. I couldn’t be more proud to accept this award on behalf of our incredible staff, volunteers and supporters; it’s a real testament to the work done by children’s hospices throughout the country. This is a time to celebrate the inspiring children and families we care for who make Little Havens the special place it is. Thank you.”
Because no charge is ever made to the families who need care at the hospice, Little Havens will cost £2.3 million to run this year and the £2000 prize is the equivalent of 125 hours of nursing care at Little Havens. Lauren continues, “Although the prize money will of course help us continue caring for our families at Little Havens, the awareness surrounding hospice care that hopefully has been created by appearing on primetime television is invaluable.”