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Michael van Gerwen, the world number one darts player, visited Haven House on Wednesday to meet children and families at the Woodford Green hospice.

The current World Champion visited the hospice as part of a charity partnership, between PDC and Haven House.

Speaking about his visit, van Gerwen explained: “Through my involvement with PDC, I’ve heard a lot about the great work of Haven House and I’ve always been keen to come down and meet the children and families there.

“I’m proud to be supporting the hospice, its doing some fantastic work in the local community.”

Haven House is the official charity partner of PDC and the relationship has raised over £215,000 to date. The partnership has come about through Brentwood businessman Barry Hearn, a keen supporter of the hospice and chairman of PDC.

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of the Woodford Green hospice said of Van Gerwen’s visit; ‘It was great to introduce Michael to the work of the hospice – he’s a legend of the darts world and through his involvement with PDC, he’s helping to raise vital funds for local life-limited children and families.

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Since 2003, Haven House Children’s Hospice has been providing specialist care for children and young people (birth-19) who have life-limiting conditions and who are unlikely to reach adulthood.

They also provide a range of support to families; including day, short break and end-of-life care, as well a number of services designed to improve emotional wellbeing, both in the hospice and in the local community.

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