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Put a star on our wishing tree, kids’ hospice urges Christmas shoppers

PUBLISHED: 10:50 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

Christmas time is special for three-year-old Calvin

Christmas time is special for three-year-old Calvin

A CHILDREN’S hospice has this week launched its Christmas appeal in East London. Shoppers are being invited to decorate the 10ft high Richard House Wishing Tree’ at East Ham Mall and at Romford Shopping Hall with stars dedicated to loved ones or friends and relatives. The £1 minimum donation goes to the Richard House hospice at Beckton, which helps youngsters like three-year-old Calvin (pictured)

A CHILDREN’S hospice has this week launched its Christmas appeal in East London.

Shoppers are being invited to decorate the 10ft high Richard House Wishing Tree’ at East Ham Mall and at Romford Shopping Hall with stars dedicated to loved ones or friends and relatives.

The £1 minimum donation goes to the Richard House hospice at Beckton, which helps youngsters like three-year-old Calvin (pictured).

“This can be a difficult time of year for the children and families who use the hospice for support and care,” said hospice fundraiser Viv Talbot.

“Everyone is minding the pennies coming up to Christmas, but this is an inexpensive and easy way to give to help those in need in our community.”

More Richard House wishing trees’ will pop up at other locations including East London Cemetery, Manor Park Cemetery, Vicarage Field and Barking shopping centre.

Richard House provides care every year to 150 children and their families from East London and Essex as well as North, Central and South East London.

The children have life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, which means they are not expected to live into adulthood. Christmas is always a special time for them and their families.

The service is free, but Richard House needs £1.8 million in voluntary donations every year to keep the hospice open.

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