Nurse overcomes fear of heights to support the hospice

Published: August 25, 2016

For, Kirsty, a palliative care nurse working for Richard House Children’s Hospice, her wanting to raise awareness of the hospice and a personal challenge to overcome her fear of heights has lead her to take on an abseil down the UK’s tallest sculpture on September 17.

Kirsty will be one of scores of fundraisers descending the iconic 262ft ArcelorMittal Orbit in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium for the Beckton-based hospice.

Kirsty has been working at Richard House since 2014 when she first came to the hospice as an agency nurse. But after seeing the difference her role makes to the families at the hospice she decided to stay permanently. Particularly she loved that Richard House felt like a home away from home and she got to build strong relationships with both the children and their families.

When asked whether there is a particular family story that has stuck with her the most she says: “The first child who I cared for was at the hospice for end-of-life care and even though this was of course a very difficult time for the family, it was also comforting for them to be able to be with their child during the last days of his life and they couldn’t have done it without the help of the hospice. After the death of their child, the family wrote to us thanking the whole team for their support and said that we had made the most difficult time in their lives the best it could possibly be. It made me realise just how important our job is.”

Kirsty thinks it’s important to fundraise for the hospice, she says: “Richard House relies heavily on fundraising income and without public’s support could not exist. Families and children would not get the help they need without the support of donations, that’s why I will challenge my fears to support them.”

The hospice still has limited places available to take part in the abseil. To find out more and sign up, please visit:

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