A hospice unveiled its newly refurbished building at a ceremony attended by a host of celebrities on June 6.

Haven House Children’s Hospice invited 90 people to see its shiny new facilities, including patrons Vicki Michelle from 'Allo 'Allo and Martin Ellice, and ambassadors Christopher Biggins, Rochelle Humes and poet Hussain Manawer.

Along with key supporters and healthcare professionals, they received tours of the building, which has been redesigned to be brighter and more colourful with new bedrooms, wet rooms, floors and a vibrant rainbow staircase.

In January, Haven House launched its biggest ever refurbishment programme to upgrade its care facilities at The White House in Woodford Green with support from Chigwell Construction, Galliard Homes, DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, Matchroom Foundation, M&G Foundation, Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, Story of Christmas and the Wolfson Foundation.

Mike Palfreman, chief executive of Haven House, said: “We are so grateful to Chigwell Construction and the incredible generosity of our supporters who made it possible to transform our hospice with a brighter, colourful and more spacious interior in our 15th birthday year.

“This has been our biggest refurbishment since opening in 2003 and means we are in a better position to meet the changing needs of our families for many years to come.”

Space inside has been increased and made more accessible with a new open-plan nurses station, wider door frames, larger lift and the removal of partitions.

The bereavement suite has been moved closer to the family flat for greater privacy.

On the ground floor a new kitchen and café means families will be able to enjoy refreshments with improved access to the sensory gardens.

Whilst the work took place, Haven House’s respite and residential services were temporarily moved to the Holly Private Hospital in Buckhurst Hill.

Following competition of the refurbishment, care staff and families transferred back to Haven House last month.