About Richard House

Richard House Children's Hospice based in East London, provides palliative care to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across London.


Opened in 2000, Richard House was London’s first children’s hospice. It was founded by our Life-President Anthea Hare, who was inspired by both her experience as a paediatric nurse at Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, and through helping her parents to look after her severely autistic brother. Today we support more than 300 families from Newham, Barking, Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Redbridge, Haringey, Islington, Ilford, Camden and into South Essex.

From the moment a child is diagnosed with a life-limiting, life-threatening or complex health condition everything changes. These changes affect the whole family, which is why we feel it is vital not only to provide care to the child but to support the whole family and to help families choose when, where and how they receive care.

Meet George and his mum, Monica

George loves the music sessions at Richard House and loved taking part in the Summer Production, singing along to the Halloween Party and Christmas…. joining in as ever. His mum, Monica, tells us about her experience.

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Our vision is for communities to have space where they can journey together to create memories of living and dying.

We take PRIDE in our values…

We create a happy and POSITIVE environment for all

We are RESPECTFUL and welcome people from all our diverse communities and treat them with care and respect

We value openness and INTEGRITY in all our dealings

Our DEDICATED staff and volunteers put children, young people and families at the centre of our work

We are passionate about achieving EXCELLENCE in all we do.

            What I like most are the real connections with families and the moments when you feel you have really reached someone and met their needs. I also like the staff at Richard House and the feeling that everyone cares about the services we provide.

Staff member

Meet our CEO Chris Baker 

Read our Annual Review for 2015/16


This year we need to raise over £3.5 million

Statutory funding covers only a third of our costs, so we rely heavily on the generosity of our donors and the money raised from our six charity shops in east London and Essex.

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