New mayor of Newham visits Richard House Children’s Hospice

Published: November 15, 2018

The Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, paid her first visit to Richard House, along with Councillor Susan Masters.

Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz said: “It was a valuable opportunity to visit Richard House Children’s Hospice, and find out more about the vital work they do to help support children with life limiting illnesses and their families.  We are immensely privileged to have London’s only dedicated hospice for children and young people in Newham and we look forward to supporting their ongoing work where we can in the future.”

They had a tour and saw in person the activities and services Richard House offers to families and life-limited children.

Children like Myles, 2, from Newham, comes to Richard House for music therapy. He has short gut syndrome which means he has to be feed through a tube, a Hickman line, which has been surgically placed into his heart. He is connected to the tube for 14 hours every day and needs constant supervision.

Dad Jerry said: “The facilities and staff at Richard House are amazing. Myles loves the Music Therapy sessions, the day trips, children parties and visits to the park and getting to stay overnight! Richard House is like a brilliant extended family member offering families and children joy, happiness, and the ability to be included in the normal activities of family life, taking away those barriers.

“For us Richard House offers essential support for our family, a place where Myles is included in everyday fun childhood activities and quality time both with Myles and for us as parents together when he has overnight care.”

Head of Fundraising, Clare Roche, said: “Having the support of the mayor and other councillors is very important, as they can raise awareness in their community so that those who may need our services, know we are there for them.”

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.