Energy company staff dress as penguins and princesses during hospice visit

PUBLISHED: 10:43 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:43 22 November 2018

Staff from Valero dressed up for a visit to Richard House Children's Hospice. Picture: Richard House

Staff from Valero dressed up for a visit to Richard House Children's Hospice. Picture: Richard House

Richard House

Penguin outfits and princess dresses aren’t exactly conventional attire for people working in the City.

But that’s exactly how staff from Canary Wharf-based energy company Valero dressed when they volunteered at Richard House Children’s Hospice.

The team enjoyed a fairytale tea party at the Beckton hospice after putting in the hard graft, helping out in the garden.

Maria James, who chairs Valero’s volunteer council, said: “We have supported Richard House for many years as we feel it is important to volunteer in the local community where we live and work. We will definitely be back in 2019.”

The hospice is encouraging others to hold their own fancy dress parties to raise money ahead of the Christmas period.

Community events manager Shahz Hussain said: “All you need is a dash of fairy dust, a sprinkle of imagination and generous helpings of fun!”

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