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British tennis legend's charity backs Naomi House

British tennis legend's charity backs Naomi House

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:40pm 12th February 2020.

3 minute read

The Tim Henman Foundation has given a huge grant to the children's hospice.

The £20,000 of support will go towards their 'Days at Jacks' service, which gives young people support as they move from the services at Naomi House to their Jacksplace wing.

The weekly sessions give the young adults a chance to increase their independence, in some cases get into further education or employment or help them make more personal choices around their own palliative care.

Naomi House Jacksplace
Young adults aged 16 to 18 are able to benefit from the 'Days at Jacks' service

The Tim Henman Foundation has been funding the 'Days at Jacks' service since 2016, and it's described as 'life-enhancing' by Naomi House.

Mark Smith, Chief Executive of Naomi House & Jacksplace, commented: 

"The continued support from the Tim Henman Foundation is greatly appreciated by all at Naomi House & Jacksplace, especially the young adults who benefit from this vital service. Allowing these young people the space, sanctuary and safety to be able to explore these somewhat challenging areas of life, with unrivalled support from our care team, is extremely important and we are so pleased and grateful that the Tim Henman Foundation are supporting us again for 2020. Thank you to Tim Henman, (his wife) Lucy Henman, (Foundation CEO) Richard Garrett and everyone involved in the Foundation for helping us support some of the most seriously ill young adults across the south."

Naomi House Jacksplace
The sessions, funded by the Tim Henman Foundation, give the young adults a chance to build their independence and skills


The charity's supported Naomi House and Jackspace since 2008.

Tim's wife Lucy Henman, decided she wanted to help after friends of hers used the charity's end of life services for their child.

Lucy and Tim have visited the hospice before, and young adults being supported by Naomi House were invited to Tim's Pro-Am tennis tournament in 2017 too.

Tim Henman at Naomi House April 2016 2 (Naomi House)
Tim Henman at Naomi House in 2016

Richard Garrett, CEO of the Tim Henman Foundation, said:

"We are delighted to support this wonderful initiative. We have been inspired by the work that Naomi House & Jacksplace in giving opportunities to life threatened and limited young people. The Tim Henman Foundation likes to make a real impact with our limited resources through our Special Needs Programme."

Tim Henman Foundation Pro-Am tournament 2017 with Naomi House
The Tim Henman Foundation invited Naomi House to one of their events
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