Richard House Children’s Hospice began as the vision of Founder and Life President Anthea Hare.
She was inspired by her experience as a paediatric nurse at Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, and through helping her parents to look after her severely autistic brother Richard who died as a young man.
Anthea worked tirelessly for years to research and build up the support necessary to set up the Capital’s first children’s hospice. The charity was officially registered as Richard House Trust in 1996 and a fundraising appeal began later that year with a grant from the National Lotteries Charities Board. Building work started in May 1999 with the first part of the hospice finished a year later.
In November 2000 we opened our day care centre in Beckton and began providing care for children and young people who had life-limiting illnesses, and supporting their families. Our residential unit opened in December 2002.
Since these beginnings, our capacity to support families has grown considerably. We now offer a wide range of care and family support services and we fundraise to pay for these in a variety of ways, including through our charity shops and voluntary donations in addition to income provided through statutory funding.