Thousands make visit to hospice’s open day

Havant and East Hampshire Mind have been given �323,000 by Sport England to help families of a low income stay active. The charity will work alongside Havant's branch of Oarsome Chance as part of the project based in Leigh Park.''Picture by Malcolm Wells (180522-9760)

£323,000 boost to help Havant families stay active and improve wellbeing

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THOUSANDS of people visited Naomi House children’s hospice to see its refurbishment and enjoy an open day.

The charity ran a fete and family fun day to raise funds and to show off the £4m refurbishment, which allows the team to provide a higher standard of care for children across the south of England.

The funds raised contributed towards the £7m needed annually to keep the hospice open.

Naomi House is Hampshire’s only children’s hospice offering care ranging from 24-hour life support to end-of-life care.

Mark Smith, chief executive of Naomi House & Jacksplace, said: ‘I’m delighted that so many people came to support us and look around our fantastic new hospice.

‘We’re totally dependent on the generosity of the community, so it is essential that we are visible in the and that people have the opportunity to see for themselves our facilities and the work we do.’