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TV’s Tommy Walsh lays ‘Path of Life’ at Richard House children’s hospice

TV's Tommy Walsh lays out the path at Richard House TV's Tommy Walsh lays out the path at Richard House

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
12:12 PM

A ‘Path of Life’ has been laid out at east London’s hospice for children by TV celebrity garden and DIY expert Tommy Walsh.

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Shani Hoy (left) and friend Joy Hogan dedicate a slab in memory of Chris HoyShani Hoy (left) and friend Joy Hogan dedicate a slab in memory of Chris Hoy

He put down hundreds of bricks and porceline slabs at Richard House in Beckton which families and supporters can ‘adopt’ to help raise funds to keep the hospice running.

The path has now been officially opened, with Shani Hoy from East Ham dedicating one of the first slabs in memory of her husband Chris.

Hospice chief executive Peter Ellis said: “There are incredibly moving stories behind the bricks people have chosen.”

Each brick or slab can be adopted for £50, £250, £1,000 or £5,000. Donations for 80 bricks to date come to £17,000 so far.

They can be inscribed and dedicated to someone who has died—or even a living pet.

Richard Gooding and Jacqui Sairey donated a brick for their dog Teddy, a fully qualified ‘Pets As Therapy’ animal.

Teddy has had all the necessary vaccinations and can visit hospitals, hospices and special needs schools to provide cuddles and companionship.

The money raised by the ‘Path of Life’ goes towards running services for the 300 families from all over London, Essex and the Home Counties who use Richard House for their children with life-threatening conditions.

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