Beckton hospice gains cash from walk

Kind-hearted fundraisers took east London back to the 1940s when they dressed up for a Vintage midnight walk for charity.

About 150 men and women dressed in feather boas and wartime and vintage clothing left the Kingsland Shopping Centre, on Kingsland Road, at midnight before walking through Hackney, Shoreditch, Old Street and The City.

The event was organised by Richard House Children’s Hospice, based in Beckton, and St Joseph’s Hospice, in Hackney.

They are expecting to raise about �20,000 in total, which will be split between the two closely-linked hospices.

Emma Sutton, from Harrow, whose daughter India uses Richard House, said: “It’s great to find people who can care for her so well because it gives me a break, which I need at times. I really wanted to give something back to the hospice and that’s why I took part tonight.

“It was really fun being out in London on an evening and it was such a great atmosphere.”

The event was the second midnight walk organised by Richard House Children’s Hospice after an equally successful jaunt around The Docklands, in June.

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Natasha Reynolds, events fundraiser at Richard House, said: “Our participants all came in fancy dress and they looked fantastic as they walked through the streets. Thank you to everyone who took part and all our fantastic volunteers who helped out throughout the night.”

Richard House cares for children with life-limiting, life-threatening and complex healthcare conditions from across east and north east London, including those from Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Haringey. It needs to raise �3.1m a year.