Interview with Jennie Anderson, children’s charity worker

PUBLISHED: 09:16 31 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:16 31 May 2016

Jenni Anderson

Jenni Anderson


Thurrock’s Jenni Anderson, director of income generation and marketing at Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green, shares some of her favourite things about her life in the country

Jenni Anderson is the director of income generation and marketing at Woodford Green’s Haven House Children’s Hospice, which provides palliative and holistic care for babies, children and young people up to 19 who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. It provides a range of services to families to support them through difficult circumstances including planned respite, short break and end-of-life care. Jenni has lived in Thurrock all her life, apart from a brief period at the University of Winchester.

1. Favourite restaurant

The Bell Inn, Horndon on the Hill

My go-to restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions is The Bell Inn, a 15th century inn located at the top of the hill in Horndon. The menu changes daily and is locally sourced with three options for dining including an open-fire gastropub, restaurant or modern fare at Ostlers. If you’ve had a few too many local beers, you can always stay over in the coach house.

2. Favourite family day out

Biking at Hadleigh Park

My idea of relaxing involves a morning’s mountain biking with my husband at Hadleigh Park. It hosted the 2012 Olympics and the park is now suitable for riders of all levels (including bike buggies on the green routes). I tend to stick to the blue options while my husband takes on the Olympic sections. If you’re feeling adventurous you can also walk or ride the 20+ miles of the Thames Estuary Path all the way to Tilbury.

3. Favourite memory


As a child and young adult, I spent many adventurous and often sleepless weekends camping or hiking with the Scouts across Essex at places like Thriftwood in Brentwood, Condovers in East Tilbury and Cherrywood in Purfleet. Every four years I spent a week at Essex Jamboree in Kirby le Soken with 8,000 Scouts from across the world. The event moved to Chelmsford in 2012 and is there again this summer.

4. Favourite hidden gem

Rainham Marshes

I enjoy riding out from Thurrock along the sea wall towards Rainham Marshes, managed by the RSPB. This part of Essex is industrially beautiful with its super-ports and container ships that sound their horns at midnight on New Year’s Eve and on foggy days. The area is referenced in Stanford le Hope resident Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novel, Heart of Darkness, as the launch for British exploration. I like the juxtaposition of watching the commercial world sail by while eating carrot cake in a nature reserve.

5 Favourite treat

Coffee after a triathlon

I find it difficult to sit still long enough to really enjoy café culture, but I am a caffeine addict. My local triathlon club, Tri Sport Epping, rotates its open water swimming around Essex and there’s always a good excuse to grab a coffee after a particularly cold swim. This year you’ll find me at TriFarm in Chelmsford or Redricks Lakes (just on the Herts/Essex border). And our Try-a-Tri event in Ongar on June 26 is in aid of Haven House this year.

Get in touch

Haven House Children’s Hospice

The White House, High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 9LB. 020 8505 9944.

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