On the 24th February 2010 Ilana Hutton and Jitender Birah attended Richard House Hospice and met with Alex and Ali and proudly presented them with a cheque for the sum of £1,470.00 on behalf of Duncan Lewis.
Richard House is a purpose built children's hospice in east London. It was registered as a charity in 1996 and was London’s first Children’s Hospice.
Richard House provides care and support for life-limited children and children with complex healthcare conditions and their families. The Hospice accompanies them during the child or young person’s journey through life to death, creating positive experiences along the way which become good memories for the future.
Alex and Ali were thrilled to show Jitender and Ilana around the Hospice and provide them with an insight into how they assist children and their families.
The Hospice is located in a lovely suburban cul-de-sac and set in luscious green grounds. Each room in the Hospice has a key purpose which is obvious from the range of colours used and the items in each room. They were shown a sensory room, a reflection room, the hang out room, the computer room and dining area. Jitender and Ilana were also shown the playroom where they were hosting an Oscar event on Saturday where the children’s short films would be shown and awards given.
Alex and Ali then took them to see the impressive outdoor play area and gardens where the children can assist in the plot and greenhouse. At the end of the garden we were shown a memory area with a fountain filled with stones. Each stone had the name of a child that had passed away. Alex explained that the idea is that like the fountain, the memory of the children will never stop flowing.
Richard House also takes children and families on day trips which would often be impossible without the support Richard House provides.
On Friday 15th January 2010 all Duncan Lewis offices took part in a dress down day, contributions successfully raised £1,470.00 for Richard House. This donation will fully fund 2 complete days of care at Richard House and make a huge difference to life-limited children and children with complex healthcare conditions by assisting them in creating positive experiences which become good memories for the future.