Mrs Vanessa Pamela Hickson

Charity details

Haven House Foundation

Today, Haven House has supported over 600 families, looking after children and young people aged from birth to 19 years old who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Residential and community services extend across North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire, including respite and end-of-life care.

In the hospice children benefit from play activities as well as day and overnight stays. Through the Holistic Care Centre, opened in September 2014, children can access a range of therapies, including music therapy, physiotherapy and therapeutic yoga.

Families can also take advantage of support groups for mums and dads and siblings (Buddies) as well as complementary therapies designed to reduce stress and anxiety.

In their grounds there is a fully accessible specialist play area and tranquil sensory garden surrounded by many acres of beautiful woodland.


Vision, Mission, Values


The best possible life for every baby, child and young person with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and their families, who live in their local communities.


To provide the highest quality palliative and holistic care services to babies, children and young people and their families in their local communities. Working in partnership they will deliver these services whenever and wherever families need them.


A Happy and safe place for all
Advocates of quality and excellence across all our services
Valuing their people
Engaging with, and respecting the diversity of, all their communities
The Needs of our children and families always come first

Registered Number 1044296

Messages of condolence

Vanessa was a dear friend, I miss her very much. Everyone who knew her loved her. Condolences and love to Paul, Emma and Alyssa.

Mrs Freda Staines