We bring joy to children and their families.

We’re not just a hospice; we’re a source of hope, a community of love, and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

We firmly believe that joy is a universal language that transcends illness and adversity. It’s the laughter of children playing, the smiles of parents finding strength, and the happiness that comes from knowing you’re making a difference.

London's first ever
children's hospice

We support more than 300 families across London.




Tower Hamlets

Waltham Forest







South Essex

Opened back in 2000 by our Life-President Anthea Hare.

At the heart of Richard House stands a remarkable individual, our founder and life-president, Anthea Hare.

As a paediatric nurse at the Royal London Hospital at Whitechapel, Anthea witnessed the struggles and challenges faced by children with complex medical needs and their families. She was also inspired by the love and devotion she shared with her parents in caring for her severely autistic brother.

Through her experiences as a sister, a nurse, and a visionary, Anthea saw the need for a place like Richard House where children, irrespective of their condition, could experience the joys of childhood, and families could find respite and support.

Richard House Today: a beacon of love and support.

Richard House has blossomed into a symbol of hope, compassion, and unwavering support for children and families facing life-limiting health conditions.

Today, we are more than just a hospice; we are a vibrant community dedicated to illuminating the lives of remarkable children.

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Children and families supported in the last year


Hours of respite care provided in the family home

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Hours of music therapy sessions in the last year

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Chris Baker
Richard House CEO

Our values
We create a happy and positive environment for all.
We are respectful and welcome people from all our diverse communities.
We value openness and integrity in all our dealings.
Our dedicated staff and volunteers put children and families at the centre of our work.
We're passionate about achieving excellence in all we do.

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