Moments count at Richard House Children’s Hospice

Published: May 15, 2015

This week we have been celebrating Children’s Hospice Week, an awareness raising and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and the services, like children’s hospices, that support them.

The theme of the week for 2015 is ‘Moments Count’ focussing on how precious time is for families by capturing their special moments in time. We have been asking people to get involved by sharing their magic memories on film or by writing it on a paper leaf and adding it to a memory tree at the hospice.

12 year-old Shaan Ali from East Ham said: “My favourite memory was the first Christmas party I went to at Richard House, it was so much fun! There was a snow machine outside, lots of arts and crafts, and there was a Santa handing out presents.”

18 year-old Jordan Samuel from Beckton said: “One of my favourite moments was when I went to Disneyland through Richard House. I went with my sister and mum and really enjoyed it. My other favourite moment is whenever I come to film club at Richard House. It has got me into actually making films doing stuff on my YouTube channel.”

West Ham vice-captain and Richard House patron Mark Noble also shared his memory: “One memory that stands out for me is our team’s annual Christmas visit to the hospice. Christmas is a magical time for those of us who are lucky enough to have healthy children. But for those families whose children have life-limiting conditions like those we meet at Richard House, it can be difficult to enjoy it as they should.”

“That is why we hope by making those visits at Christmas, we can help bring a little bit of magic, a smile to their faces and some extra cheer.”

The week has also seen the release of a new film about 9 year-old Calvin Muwanga and his family and their lives, produced by Moonshine Movies as part of an international project to tell the stories of young people living with life-limiting illnesses all over the world.

You can view our ‘magic moments’ films on our youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/YourRichardHouse

Children’s Hospice Week is organised by Together for Short Lives, the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.