Meet Hope

Meet Hope - an amazing girl who is a massive part of the Richard House family. Her regular visits bring joy to both her and the staff at Richard House.

Introducing Hope

Hope is 10 and has Glutaric Aciduria type 1, which is a rare, serious condition meaning the body can’t process the building blocks of protein, this causes a harmful build-up of substances. Something as simple as a common cold can put Hope in hospital.

To go to school, Hope has to have her wheelchair, walking frame and bags that include nappies, medical supplies and specialist low-protein milk. This means she is unable to use public transport and must be driven by car.

If Hope becomes ill at school, her grandfather John, will collect her and bring her home. Hope has an overnight feed pump and there is a monitor beside her bed, so that her grandparents can hear if there are any issues during the night, like the pump turning off for example.

Hope has been using the Richard House services since she was 9 months old. Her grandparents bring her in for respite care over the weekends.

The family stay in the flats above the hospice. After dropping Hope off at the ward, her family then go out for the evening. But they are always on call if Hope should become unwell.

Over the weekend her grandparents spend time with friends and family, which is something that a family who doesn’t face complex needs may take for granted.

Richard House looks after the whole family, making everyone feel welcome. It’s like being wrapped up in a warm blanket on a cold day.

Families like ours lean on Richard House for so much support. The respite, social events, the therapy sessions, the list is endless. It would be an absolute disaster if Richard House folded, and it would have a much wider impact on the local area for vulnerable children and their families.

People want to support good causes, what better cause than Richard House? They’ve always made us feel welcome as a family, not just Hope.

John | Hope’s Grandfather

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A regular donation to Richard House become a steady source of support for children and families facing life-limiting health conditions. Your consistent contribution ensures a stable foundation for vital care, creating a lasting impact that brings comfort, joy, and hope to those who need it most.

To purchase messy play supplies to help a life-limited child to explore, create and build confidence

To buy sensory toys for children with complex health needs, to improve their concentration and have fun!

Gives one hour of respite care in the hospice, providing some relief for parents who have to care around the clock.

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