Richard House Children's Hospice provides care and support to babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life threatening health conditions.
The hospice, which was the first of its kind in London, delivers clinical care, short breaks and residential services to children and young adults. It also supports parents and family members with a range of holistic activities including parent support groups, counselling, practical training to administer care at home, and bereavement services. With a focus on living for today and creating positive memories for tomorrow, Richard House supports the whole family through the journey of their child's life.
Each year Richard House cares for more than 300 children and families from across East London, free of charge. As well as in-house services, the team provide Hospice at Home care to allow more families to access palliative support. The hospice has been at the heart of its community for 21 years, helping to connect life-limited children and their families and becoming a 'home from home' for those facing the unique challenges of life with a seriously ill child.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way Richard House delivers its services. Despite huge challenges, the hospice remained open throughout 2020, adapting its operations to offer more Hospice at Home care through lockdowns, as well as taking in children from local hospitals to help shield them and ease pressure on the NHS. As 2021 unfolds, its staff are more committed than ever to delivering the highest quality care in safe and accessible ways, whether through online music therapy sessions, weekly phone check-ins with families, or regular Hospice at Home visits.
Over the next three years, funding from the Berkeley Foundation will help ensure more life-limited children can benefit from palliative care. The partnership will support training and development for the hospice's specialist clinical staff, ensuring that their team are equipped to care for children with increasingly complex health conditions, both within the home and at Richard House.