It is our second year of supporting BBC Children in Need and this year we pledged to raise £200,000 and we are thrilled to say that thanks to the support of our owners, holidaymakers and team members we have raised £236,000. There have been all sorts of fun and games going on at Haven’s Hemel Hempstead HQ and out on our seaside holiday parks to raise money for the charity, with sponsored sky dives, quadrathlons, cake bakes, fun days and Kiln Park even got the Guinness world record attempt for the longest game of pool! As well as all of this, we sent Pudsey Bear on a big trip around the UK, stopping at each of our 35 holiday parks on the way. He travelled over 2000 miles in 25 days in all sorts of weird and wacky types of transportation from a horse and carriage to a daisy bike and the team stopped at lots of sights, including a BBC Children in Need project, on the way. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who supported our events with their donations. John Dunford, CEO for Haven, said “The creativity and commitment from the team and the support from our guests and owners on park has been overwhelming.”
On BBC Children in Need appeal night we opened up our lines to take calls for BBC Children in Need and we took £88,000 on the night. We started to take calls at 7pm and with the help of Papa Johns, Starbucks and Spar who provided us with refreshments we kept going until 2am! Lots of fun took place with everyone in Onesies and Pudsey ears. You can see some of the fun we had here.
We chose to work with this charity as BBC Children in Need have a vision; to ensure that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, happy, secure, and allows them the chance to reach their potential. They provide grants to small and large organisations who empower children and extend their life choices, they support projects all around the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. If you would like to donate please go to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/havensupportingbbcchildreninneed