Meet Angela

Mum, Priscilla, tells us about her 'lil fashionista

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Angela is seven years old and has been coming to Richard House since she was a baby. She has a complex heart condition called Cardiomyopathy, where the muscles in her heart become enlarged and has had many operations. Mum Priscilla tells us about her daughter.

She is a vibrant little girl, full of energy and mature beyond her age. She loves to gymnastics and does cartwheels everywhere I mean everywhere she can. She wants to do cheerleading. We love to go shopping together as she is a ‘lil fashionista! Lately she has had to cut down a lot of activities as her heart can’t take much exertion and even a 20 minute walk is enough for to get tired and sleep for over 14 hours.

Angela does pretty much everything at Richard House from swimming, cinema, ice skating and is often found  chilling and playing games with the staff, or giving them a new hairstyle!

Not only do they provide respite care but the staff are amazing they listen especially when I’m stressed. I’m able to even go away and not worry about Angela or her medication.

The word ‘hospice’ is associated with sadness and death. But to us it’s a magical place for the kids where they have fun and are well taken care of. As a parent when I leave Angela there my mind is a peace and I can get some rest.

Richard House means the absolute world to Angela and myself.