Calling all shop owners in the Queen Alexandra Hospital catchment area.

 Would you be willing to help us out by displaying our collection tins in your shop?

if you are, please contact us on either Facebook (Sam's Haven) or by using the (Contact us) page on this site or by telephone ( 07581505508).


Help!   Help!   Help!   Help!   Help!    Help!    Help!

Due to the unfortunate spread of the Covid 19 virus we have been denied the opportunity to carry out our  usual vital fund raising events and are very unlikely to be able to do so for the rest of this year.  Companies that might have otherwise sponsored us or raised funds on our behalf are also experiencing their own problems.  Without any income we will no longer be in a position to meet our monthly outgoings from this September onwards.

It is therefore with much regret, that unless we are able to secure some financial support by September, we will not have sufficient funds to save the charity.

The Sam's Haven team are passionate about the charity and are proud to have brought so much joy to many deserved families over the years.   

In desperation, we have launched a JustGiving page in the hope that we might just be able to raise enough to see us through until we can start fund raising and attracting sponsorship once again.


Your donation could be the life line for the survival of this popular charity.


To help, please visit


Thank you, from the Sam's Haven team.


Please click on 'The News' below for further details.



We are extremely pleased to announce that the response to our appeal is proving very positive.  Thanks to some very kind people we have so far managed to raise £8,500 and a further £5000 from a very kind and generous individual.  We have started to pay bills that we had put on hold.  We still have a long way to go but the future of the charity is now looking a lot more positive.  A big, big, heartfelt thank you to those that have helped so far. We are really extremely grateful for your generosity.

Hello and Welcome to Sam's Haven Charity Website



 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 delighted to announce that as from April 2019 they will now also be working with Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice in Chichester to provide holidays for their children and their families.


For more information about Sam's Haven charity please follow the links below.