Who we are....

Rock for Havens Sake started initially as a 'one off' in 2006.  Peter Hall from Havens approached me and asked if I would do something to help raise money and awareness for the Hospices.  I was delighted at the prospect and the first 'Rock for Havens Sake' music festival took place at the Hollywood Restaurant in Thundersley.  Sadly the restaurant is not around any more but through the kindness of the owner, Mike Goff, I was able to use the whole venue for free.  We had the whole venue filled with musicians playing every style of music. Young bands (and not so young) played their socks off and made the day a huge success. The event moved up a notch, and after discussions with The Mill Art and Events Centre, Rayleigh, they agreed to let RFHS use their fantastic purpose built venue for free and that has been the RFHS home until this year.  Since it's inception the event has grown seeing some amazing bands and artists pass through the doors, all for nothing I might add, and we have raised in excess of £20,000 forHavens. We have been privileged to have the great 'Dr Feelgood' headline which was fitting as their original lead singer, Lee Brillieux, was cared for by Havens until he died. Havens is close to the hearts of many people in Essex, they offer care and support to hundreds of children and adults in their facilities at Fair Havens in Wescliff and Little Havens in Daws Heath as well as Hospice at Home and their care is not solely for those who are enduring illness but it is afforded to those who do such a wonderful job looking after their loved ones themselves.

Rock for Havens Sake are privileged to be able to make a small contribution to the work that Havens do.  We acknowledge the major contribution that is made by all the bands that have and continue to support us by giving up their time to come and play for you the public at our music events.

We also have to say a big thank you to all the businesses who have and continue to support us in so many ways. Some businesses kindly give us raffle prizes, others place advertisements in our programme and some give us donations to help us put on the event.

We will be putting on another event in 2017 which we hope you will all come along to and support. RFHS has a new host, The Cliffs Pavilion, who are giving us the Maritime Room free for the event.  The bands give their time freely to entertain you and it is our aim to get as many people through the door as we can to make it worth their while at the same time as raising much needed funds for a fantastic service that sadly we cannot do without.

So, visit this site often to keep up to speed with the next event.  We will be updating as bands come on board so you will know what to expect.  If you are a business and would like to have some involvement with this event please contact us.  You may want to place an ad, donate a raffle prize or some money - whatever you would like to do is great with us - it all helps. All who give time or donations are fully acknowledged on this website with a link to their business website as a thank you.

We hope to see you at the next event.

Anne Earl

RFHS Event Coordinator

Bands at RFHS
  • Dr Feelgood at RFHS

    Dr Feelgood, the Canvey band who made it big, headlined at RFHS. Havens is very close to their hearts as Havens cared for their original lead singer, Lee Brilleuax.

  • The Long Run at RFHS

    Another amazing Canvey based band.  Playing every genre of music possible, they never fail to wow their audiences wherever they play.  The Long Run have supported RFHS with a passion.

  • Digby Fairweather at RFHS

    Digby Fairweather, well known across the country, blows the meanest horn ever and can still get people to their feet. Digby is known for his radio programme and for being another fir supporter of RFHS.

  • The Melvin Beddows Big Band at the first RFHS 2006

    The first RFHS in 2006 was a steep learning curve but well worthwhile especially as we had the best big band around playing for us.  The Melvin Beddows Big Band brought an amazing line up of fantastic musicians and wowed the audience with their broad repetoire.

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When a family has been told that there's no cure for their loved one's illness, Havens Hospices can help.  We're here to make the journey as comfortable as possible, controlling pain and medication, offering respite and caring for adults and children at the end of their lives.  Our specialist care is free - for as long as is needed - within the home and at our two hospices.

Havens Hospices incorporates Fair Havens Hospice and Little Havens Hospice.