Mum of life-limited child runs 4 life for children’s hospice

Published: April 6, 2018

Ana’s daughter Joysie was born with Cerebral Palsy and they are regular visitors to Richard House Children’s Hospice for respite care and family activities. Richard House provides care to children with a serious illness as well as offering vital support for their families. Ana, from Dagenham, is taking part in Run 4 Life on 7th April to raise money for Richard House.

Ana says: “The first time I came to Richard House I was overwhelmed with the sense of trust I felt. The staff made us feel very welcome, the rooms were lovely and Joysie loved it here. After that I became a regular visitor.

“I love coming for extended family days as then I get to bring my whole family and show them what Richard House is about, last time I came I brought both my mom and my cousins. It’s also comforting to meet other parents facing similar challenges.

“It is quite challenging raising Joysie alone, but I know if at any time I really need rest I can count on Richard House to care for Joysie.”

From the moment a child is diagnosed with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, everything changes. And these changes affect the whole family, which is why it is vital to provide not only care to the child, but support to the whole family as well. To do this Richard House services range from specialised clinical care, to art, music, and dance therapy; giving the child the opportunity to explore what is happening to them in a safe environment, through to end of life care and pre and post bereavement support for all the family.

The Run 4 Life is a 5 or 10km run or walk around the borough of Barking and Dagenham, starting at the new CU London campus at the Civic Centre in Dagenham and is organised by Power House Community Network, whose aim for this event is to bring communities together to help raise money for vital services in the area.

Pastor Ade Adesina from Power House Community Network said: “We are a lively, multicultural; a friendly Christian Community where Christians of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities come together to worship God and make a difference. We are committed to demonstrating God’s love through various Christian outreach activities. Supporting Richard House and the work they do is important to us.”

Richard House provides care to children with a serious illness as well as offering vital support for their families and rely on the generosity of donors to carry out their work and to raise £3.65 million this year.

If you can spare some time and fundraise for families like Joysie’s, download our fundraising pack or visit our Get Involved section for more ideas.