Richard House Children's Hospice for children from the London Borough of Hackney
THE BEST OF HACKNEY IS PROUD TO SUPPORT RICHARD HOUSE CHILDREN'S HOSPICE WHICH PROVIDES FOR CHILDREN FROM HACKNEY!
Richard House, London’s first children’s hospice, is located in the Docklands area of east London. We provide services for children and their families who are mainly from east, north, south-east and central London. Richard House was the first children’s hospice in London. It began providing support services and long term care in 2000 and we have 150 children registered in our hospice, many of them from Hackney.
We provide short breaks/respite care for children and young people aged 0-19 years old who are not expected to live into adulthood. The three functions of short breaks/respite care are to provide the child or young person with an opportunity to enjoy social interaction and leisure facilities; to support the family in the care of their child; to provide opportunities for siblings to have fun and receive support in their own right.
We provide end-of-life care to help children and young people with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. It enables the needs of both patient and family to be met through the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.
Children with a wide range of conditions or illnesses can use Richard House. They are usually defined as having life-limiting or life-threatening conditions or potentially life-threatening disabilities. The children suffer from a variety of illnesses, including degenerative genetic conditions, cancer, or are waiting for major organ transplants.
There is no charge to families using our service and we need to raise £1.8 million this year in voluntary donations to keep Richard House open.