Volunteers from HSBC found themselves bombarded in the ball pool!

Published: October 30, 2018

HSBC Volunteers bank employees ensured that the children at Richard House Children’s Hospice had wonderful decorations and creative signs for the forthcoming ‘Richard House Got Talent’ production this month. They also provided amongst other things, a ‘golden buzzer’ and lots of seasonal spooky decorations for our Halloween Spooktacular party. But they found themselves bombarded in the ball pool much to the children’s amusement!

They met Henrique, 4, who has been coming to Richard House for music therapy, which has helped him connect with his voice and experience sounds in different ways.

Mum, Andreia said: “Here was a child who physically couldn’t say anything, but music therapy really worked for him and now he can say a few words. He has had such a great time today with his brother Duarte and his new ‘friends’ in the ball pool!

“Richard House helps us to live our lives as a family and as individuals. When we come here we don’t have to explain ourselves to anyone because the staff know what we are going through.

“Coming to Richard House is just like coming home.”

Stevie Burley, Senior Development Specialist at HSBC said:” What a great day! When I imagine a hospice I see it as a place that makes the intolerable tolerable. I was so wrong! Richard House is about life and living and that makes what you do so special. I hope our volunteering made a difference, if only in a small way. Thanks to HSBC and Richard House for allowing me this opportunity.”

Helena Burley, Richard House Head of Partnerships, said: “HSBC volunteers created fantastic decorations for our forthcoming events but more than that, they provided crafting materials, time and lots of effort culminating in joining in with the spooktacular party and dancing along with the children – making our party extra special. Thank you everyone as without volunteers like you, we couldn’t do what it is we do.”