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Beckton children’s hospice’s new initiative

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 October 2012

The phrase ‘caring and sharing’ has been given new meaning by a children’s hospice thanks to the launch of a new initiative aimed at individual fundraisers.

Each year, hundreds of people take part in activities to help support Richard House Children’s Hospice ranging from skydives to coffee mornings and walks to car boot sales.

Without their efforts, the hospice would not be able to provide care and support to nearly 300 families with children with life-limiting, life-threatening or complex healthcare conditions.

The new ‘team’ programme allows supporters to back one area of work: caring, sharing or playing.

Money raised for team “caring” can provide essential aid for a child such as daycare or Palliative Care nursing.

The efforts of team “sharing” could go to activities such as pampering and counselling sessions, as well as support for families through family flats and a siblings group.

And finally, via team “playing” fundraisers may be able to see their money devoted to bringing fun into the lives of Richard House children with various activities such as sessions in the multi-sensory room.

Anne O’Connell, 65, overcame numerous obstacles to take part in the 10 Bridge Walk.

Before she took on the challenge, she said: “When I first lost my sight completely I knew I had to do something to keep going. When you realise the work the hospice does, it is easy to understand why I wanted to do this.”

To begin fundraising contact Ben Alonso on 020 7540 0230.

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