Jelf bring a new ‘sense’ of the world to Little Harbour with the Broker Community Fund

In 2012 Neil Martin, Customer Services Manager at Jelf Insurance, showed his support to Children’s Hospice South West by submitting an application for Little Harbour’s Sensory Garden into our Broker Community Fund.

Its one year on and we caught up with Neil and the staff at Little Harbour to hear how winning £15,000 with the Community Fund has changed the lives of so many children at the hospice through the addition of the Ebb & Flow Sensory Garden.

Little Harbour is a welcoming fun-filled environment where the emphasis is on living life to the full. Many children with life-limiting conditions spend a large part of their lives indoors undergoing treatment or have a demanding routine of physical care which limits their ability to spend time enjoying play activities, particularly outside play.   

After being announced as one of the lucky 25 finalists of last year’s competition, Neil and guests from Little Harbour joined Will Greenwood at the finale event in London. We were delighted to present them with a life changing cheque for £15,000 to complete the funding required to start build on a sensory garden.   

“Our beautiful water garden is complete and has been the perfect haven for families during this glorious weather” said Emma Lloyd-Cowell from Little Harbour. “You will love it when you see it and the little ones faces light up when they spend time near the water feature which sounds just like the tide lapping at the shore!”

Now completed, the Ebb & Flow Sensory Water Garden is fully accessible to children with a wide range of complex care and mobility needs, enabling them to explore the natural environment around them with a variety of sounds, smells and textures to enjoy.

“it’s a very easy thing to call yourselves ‘community brokers’ as we do at Jelf, but to be given the opportunity by Aviva to actually follow that through and make a real difference to deserving people in our community is something that we were very humble and proud to have been able to do.” Neil Martin, Jelf.

With one month to go until the entry window closes for this year’s competition, you too could make a lasting difference to a cause close to your heart by winning a prize ranging from £2,000 to £10,000. This could be your year!

Get your entry in before the 31 July.

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