Pictured: Cody Tosdivine with Groot the Eagle Owl, earlier this year; The Keepers with a giant monkey to give to Beaulieu House; from L to R Keeper Lilymae, Brendan (in orange), Rhys (in burgundy), Dave the monkey, Carer from Beaulieu House, and Keeper Carrie-Anne; Rhys with Dave the monkey.
We have been welcoming some very special visitors to Monkey Haven, thanks to our links with Southampton Children’s Hospital. The hospital provides specialist cancer treatment and care for young people up to the age of 16.
Young patient Cody Tosdivine came earlier this summer to meet Groot, the baby Eagle Owl. “It’s our favourite place on the Island’, says his Mum, Susan Fogden. “This is the third year we’ve been and it was an amazing experience. Cody was so excited to meet Groot, who’s gorgeous!”
Rachel Funnell, Charity Coordinator for Southampton Children’s Hospital, commented: “We are hugely grateful to Monkey Haven. Being able to offer family outings is an important part of the work that we do, allowing us to provide motivation during treatment or happy family memories. It provides a welcome treat for the whole family who will be going through a very difficult time.”
We also look forward to our visits from Beaulieu House in Newport, which offers residential care and respite for young people with complex needs. Earlier this year, the Keepers presented two of the children, Rhys and Brendan, with a giant monkey as a little gift from us all. They’ve named him ‘Dave’!
Young patients at the Island’s Mountbatten hospice are also offered discounted admission, and it’s always free for carers.
Don Walser, Founder of Monkey Haven, commented: “It’s important for us to support these local children and their families – and we want to do whatever we can to help.”