By Eric King-
An East London hospice is appealing for help as it faces a financial crisis and could close its doors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Richard House Children’s Hospice in Beckton say they have had to cut services and are facing extreme shortages of income during the pandemic, despite their efforts to continue as normal. The hospice has had to close their six charity shops, cancel fundraising events and postponing activities, leading to a shortage of funds to support the hospice.
Richard House will be remaining open to provide vital support to the NHS. As hospitals focus on COVID-19 patients, the hospice says it will be taking children with long term conditions from hospitals, both to provide more beds for the NHS effort, and also to provide a more safe environment for these children. More than ever it is vital that Richard House is able to provide care for these families and children, many of who are the most vulnerable and at risk in the present crisis.
The outbreak of Coronavirus has affected all parts of our society. We are all facing an unprecedented crisis, and we are already noticing the impact at Richard House, with a substantial drop in our income.
A spokesperson told The Eye Of Media.Com:
“If we don’t receive financial support in the coming weeks or months, we could face having to stop providing end-of-life and emergency respite care too.
A lot of our children have life threatening conditions and most of them come to us for respite care. We also do what is called hospice at home which includes a team that go to their homes and look after parent’s children whilst they are busy. We put the hospice in a semi lockdown to protect our children.We have over 400 children, and we keep just 4 children at a time
We have had to postpone all our fundraising activities because of the lockdown We only have one or two people looking after the children and if we don’t receive financial support in the coming weeks or months, we could face having to stop providing end-of-life and emergency respite care too.
“Given the pressures facing the NHS, our services for those most vulnerable in our community are needed now more than ever.
“Without our hospice, the families we support will simply have nowhere left to turn”.