We currently have 4 bids that we are awaiting the outcome. Lottery, Essex Community Foundation, Sainsbury and Tesco. We could not have achieved this if it were not for the guidance and support of VAEF. They guided us through the procedures allowing us to move forward with our vision. they encouraged when we felt downhearted with bids that did not come to fruition. The team at VAEF were always positive and one did not feel inadequate with some of the questions that we asked having not prepared bids before. This team do an invaluable service to those of us that enter into this field of trying to raise money for much needed causes.

Just wanted to say thank you for making us aware of the training available. I attended and it was great!

Those boys did a really job when they did my garden.

Thank you so much for all you have done for us over the year.  So much appreciated.  D & T S

I’ve heard that the Friendship Club at Jubilee Court is coming to the end of its funding?

This Club is a lifeline to my 85 year old Mother. Her only regular outing, where she can met others and socialise. We have noticed how much happier she is now and has a purpose every Friday. She’s now been attending over two years. We have all noticed the difference it’s made to her.

If it should end she would have absolutely nothing socially other than family.

It’s somewhere for her to not only met others but participate in activities that helps her dementia possibly as much as medication does. She plays bingo, dances, joins in raffles and goes on all the wonderful trips they organise. She comes home full of stories of where they have been and what they have seen

It also means my father her main carer gets a few hours respite from the day to day stress, which dementia causes.

I’m hoping this may continue long term as with its friendly helpful staff, mum has felt like part of a family.


Dear Julie, I do want to sincerely thank you and your team for looking after Mum so well, I have lost count of the years she has been enjoying the weekly sessions; singing, dancing, raffles, and all the entertainments that you do so well. Long may you continue to provide this excellent and essential service for so many elderly people in this area…….I may need it myself one day!

I am writing to thank you for the fantastic attention you have given us.  From our initial phone call to Mark’s completing the task everything could not have been more friendly and efficient, thank you.  JR

I am happy to say that I have now started the weight management scheme and must say how happy and helpful the ladies are at my local centre.  Thank you for all your help in delivering a brilliant service.

Dear PLW Students at the Epping Forest Campus New City College.  On behalf of Haven House Children’s Hospice, I would like to say a big thank you for your kind donation of £206 raised at your Big Tea Par-Tea, held at the Epping Forest Campus in aid of Haven House.

I can see that you all pulled together to work as a team by planning your event, baking some delicious cakes and making some great decorations to make the Big Tea Par-Tea feel very special for your invited guests. I love the bunting, it looked fabulous!

I hope you all enjoyed your afternoon, I feel sure that your guests had a lovely time and were very impressed with what you had achieved. I hope you all feel very proud.

I also wanted to thank Mrs Panrucker and the staff from VAEF for their help and support ensuring your event was such a success.

On behalf of all the staff, volunteers, children and families at Haven House, many thanks again for your support.

Best wishes, Ginny Donnelly, Community Fundraising Executive, Haven House Children’s Hospice

Good morning

I wanted to let you know that A has received confirmation that he has been awarded Attendance Allowance with back pay.

We want to thank you for all your help. Without you we would not have known where to start.

A big thank you again.