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 2017 they had provided holidays for 51 deserving families.
2015 got off to a good start with Paul and Louise managing to negotiate an upgrade of the caravan to a newer model with double glazing and central heating. They have also added a ramp up to the main door in order to facilitate wheel chair access, which now opens up the caravan to even more families.
For more information about the charity please follow the links below.
In the unlikely event of the charity not succeeding, all monies raised will be donated to the paediatric unit of Queen Alexander Hospital in Portsmouth