Last week BRX Bond Street went ‘on the road’ for one week only. On Friday 13th Maywe abandoned Piccadilly and held our weekly Friday morning networking meeting at Richard House Children’s Hospice – our official charity.
Based in Newham, east London, Richard House is a purpose-built children’s hospice caring for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families, from across London. Its aim is to accompany these children with life-threatening conditions or complex healthcare needs, during their journey through life to death, creating positive experiences along the way that become good memories for the future. Richard House services are completely free to families but £3.1 million needs to be raised each year to keep Richard House open.
At the breakfast meeting (pastries, toast and fruit salad laid on by Richard House), as well as the normal 60s round, we watched a video showing the work done at the hospice, discussed ideas on how members’ network of contacts could be harnessed for the hospice’s benefit, and heard the Richard House Team, Sophie Breuil, Alex Speke and Maria Barry, give presentations on the help needed with 3 CURRENT PROJECTS:
– Path of life: You can help Richard House improve the lives of life-limited children by adding your name and message to a paver that will hold a permanent place in our Path of Life. Bricks from £50 to £5,000 are available so there is something for every budget! What you can do: Sign up at http://www.richardhouse.org.uk/supportus/Path+of+Life
– Richard House Annual Ball 2011 – This year, the Richard House Annual Ball will take place on Wednesday 2nd November at The Grange, Tower Hill. What you can do: You can support Richard House by purchasing tickets or donating prizes for their auction (unusual ‘experiences’ like internships are very welcome) , please call Manjeet Boparai 020 7540 0204 or check the Richard House website http://www.richardhouse.org.uk/Events/Major+UK+events/Richard+House+annual+ball
– Harry’s Millions – Harry’s Millions is a very new campaign to raise awareness as well as an extra £1million for the life-limited children to have the freedom they deserve. What you can do: You can help by visiting and ‘liking’ the Facebook page www.facebook/harrysmillion . Also if you can introduce Richard House to any celebrities Harry would love to interview them.
We had breakfast in the main activity room. After the meeting we were taken on a tour of the hospice by the Richard House team, who explained the history of the charity and how it helps babies, children and young adults with serious life limiting health conditions. This included the sensory room – particularly valuable for children with impaired sight or hearing, a quiet room for contemplation, the garden (maintained by a team of volunteers who work nearby in Canary Wharf/the City etc and with features like swings adapted for wheelchairs), the IT/craft room, a typical bedroom (a child can stay overnight at Richard House for up to 21 nights a year, offering families much needed respite) and a room where a family could be with their child when he or she has passed away. It was a memorable breakfast meeting and thanks go to Richard Houldsworth and the Richard House team for organising it.