We are a fully registered charity providing short respite holidays for families who have children with a life threatening or terminal illness.
Sam, the inspiration behind the charity, is a happy cheerful little boy with an engaging smile that belies his own continuing struggles with health related issues. He has spent much of his life in hospital with ongoing complications and now considers the consultants and nurses at Queen Alexander Hospital in Portsmouth to be a part of his extended family. Hardly surprising given that the staff there treat him like he is a part of their family.
His parents, Paul and Louise Merrick, set up Sam's Haven in September 2013 with the long term aim of raising funds to buy a caravan on a holday park so that they could offer holidays to families who have children in a similar situation to Sam. They knew it was going to be a long while before they could be in a position to offer these holidays but much to their surprise and delight they managed to put a deposit on a caravan and provide holidays for fifteen families in their first year. By January 2019 they had provided holidays for 61 deserving families.
The trustees are pleased to announce that they are curently in talks with Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice in Chichester with a view to also providing holidays for their children and their families. It is hoped that they will be able to start working with them by the end of April 2019.
For more information about the charity please follow the links below.