Revellers raise �100k for Richard House children’s hospice

REVELLERS have helped raise a record �100,000 for London’s first children’s hospice. More than 400 packed the 10th birthday ball’ for Beckton’s Richard House hospice, held in the City

REVELLERS have helped raise a record �100,000 for London's first children's hospice.

More than 400 packed the 10th 'birthday ball' for Beckton's Richard House hospice, held at The Brewery in the City.

An auction of prizes donated by hospice patrons Joe Cole and West Ham United, along with a signed Diego Maradona shirt, boosted the final sum.

One prize was a painting of Richard House created for the evening by renowned artist Marialuisa Marino, known for her work in painting the Queen and Queen Mother, that raised more than �9,000 in the auction.

Guests were given an insight into the work of the Young Person's group at Richard House with a short film about how it addresses the needs of youngsters aged 16 to 25 with 'life limiting' and complex heathcare conditions.

Harjinder Singh, a 22-year-old from Forest Gate, gave a moving speech outlining the differences the group has made to his life.

Harjinder said afterwards: "The group has made things possible for us that other people might take for granted, like going to the pub, the theatre and even on holiday without our parents.