Runners meet founder at the hospice for a pre-marathon feast

Published: March 26, 2018

12 runners taking on the 2018 Virgin London Marathon in aid of Beckton based Richard House, visited the hospice this week to meet fellow runners, learn more about the hospice and enjoy a dinner to thank them for their fantastic fundraising efforts.

Anthea Hare, the hospice founder and life-long president, attended the dinner and thanked the team on behalf of the organisation. A family that use our services were also kind enough to speak about their experiences at Richard House and the support they has received.

Anthea said; “I always enjoy the pasta evening and as a small charity it is very important that we are not seen as ‘faceless’ but on a personal level too I really appreciate the huge commitment our runners make to help our children and families. I am also always delighted to observe the way supporters interact with specific members of the fundraising team who are their main contact for an event.”

The guests had a chance to share training and fundraising tips while enjoying an Italian feast and a glass of wine!

One of the runners, Roger Anto, who works for DLR (Docklands Light Railway) said; “It really touched us to hear the background about the hospice and a personal account of what the charity does and its significance to a family and child. I will take this to spur me on in the final month.”

Wendy Legeno-Bell, Community and Events Manager at Richard House said: “It was fantastic to have the chance to introduce all our runners to each other and let them share their experiences. The Pasta Party is a lovely way to show our London Marathon team what a difference their fundraising efforts will make here at Richard House, and to say thank you for their support as Marathon day draws closer.”

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday 22 April. If you’d like to take part in another run or event for Richard House, contact