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.
RFHS Event Coordinator