Barking and Dagenham former Mayor shows support for local seriously ill children

Published: December 15, 2017

One of the highlights of 2017 for Richard House Children’s Hospice was the support of Councillor Eileen Keller who supported Richard House as her chosen charity whilst she was Mayor for Barking and Dagenham from 2016-2017.

Councillor Keller and her team worked tirelessly during her time as Mayor to support Richard House and ended up raising a fantastic £22,065.97. This donation could fund over nine months’ worth of therapeutic play at Richard House, empowering children to express themselves and begin to understand what is happening to them.

Rachael Conroy, Head of Community and Events said:

“Having the support of individuals such Councillor Keller to mobilise her community within Barking and Dagenham is incredibly important to us as a hospice.

“It helps to ensure that children with life-limiting illnesses and their families will receive the specialist, compassionate care they urgently need – so that they are fully supported at what can be a most difficult and traumatic time.


“At this time of year, it is important for us to reflect and give thanks to those who are vital in ensuring that the seriously ill children and their families in East London are able to lead as happy a life as possible. We are incredibly grateful for the support of Councillor Keller and the people of Barking and Dagenham for making such a huge difference to the children and families of Richard House.”


Councillor Keller said:

“As a charity Richard House services are free of charge to the families supported and the majority of their funding is thanks to the generosity of the public. This year Richard House needs to raise £3 million to continue to deliver clinical care, therapeutic and residential services to life-limited children and young adults, while supporting their families through therapy and bereavement support.


“I would like to thank all those who have contributed and friends and supporters of the Mayor’s Charity team.”