On December 9th London City Airport hosted a “Richard House Day” to promote the work of Richard House Children’s Hospice to passengers and airport staff and raise funds. The event was a celebration of London City Airport’s long-standing fundraising relationship with Richard House and our continued support for the hospice.
Throughout the day Richard House and airport volunteers held raffles and other exciting fundraising activities. University choirs sang Christmas carols in the terminal contributing to the bucket collection. To show their support, some of the children and young people cared for in Richard House also took part in a number of activities. The day was a great success and raised more than £1600.
Richard House Children’s Hospice Chief Executive Peter Ellis also took part in the fundraising activities. He said: “London City Airport has been and continues to be a fantastic supporter of Richard House, going right back to our early days. Over the years their support has been invaluable, they are always finding innovative ways to keep bringing money in, with so many wonderful individual members of staff, at all levels of the company, undertaking amazing fundraising events and challenges”.
London City Airport has been supporting Richard House Children’s Hospice since 2000. Over the 16-year partnership we have with the invaluable help of staff and passengers raised in excess of £800, 000 – a significant contribution towards the great work that the hospice does. Located in Beckton, East London, Richard House offers free care and support to families whose children have life-limiting and complex healthcare needs, between the ages of 0-19 years old. With 300 children in its care today and the majority coming from poorer areas of North East and North Central London, the hospice is an incredibly important source of holistic support for families, offering safe spaces for play, counselling and bereavement care.