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Former Barking and Dagenham mayor raises £22k for charity in Beckton

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 December 2017

Left to right: Steve Gaish, Cllr Eileen Keller, Reg Keller and Julie Gaish. Picture credit: LBBD

Left to right: Steve Gaish, Cllr Eileen Keller, Reg Keller and Julie Gaish. Picture credit: LBBD

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A former mayor of Barking and Dagenham has raised more then £22,000 for a children's charity in Beckton.

Cllr Eileen Keller picked Richard House Children’s Hospice as her chosen charity whilst she was the mayor from 2016 to earlier this year.

During her tenure she raised £22,065.97 which could fund nine months’ worth of therapeutic play at Richard House.

The therapy empowers children to express themselves and begin to understand what is happening to them.

Councillor Keller said: “As a charity Richard House services are free of charge to the families supported and the majority of their funding is thanks to the generosity of the public.

“This year Richard House needs to raise £3 million to continue to deliver clinical care, therapeutic and residential services to life-limited children and young adults, while supporting their families through therapy and bereavement support.

“I would like to thank all those who have contributed and friends and supporters of the mayor’s charity team.”

Rachael Conroy, Richard House’s head of community and events, said: “Having the support of individuals such Councillor Keller to mobilise her community within Barking and Dagenham is incredibly important to us as a hospice.

“It helps to ensure that children with life-limiting illnesses and their families will receive the specialist, compassionate care they urgently need – so that they are fully supported at what can be a most difficult and traumatic time.

“At this time of year, it is important for us to reflect and give thanks to those who are vital in ensuring that the seriously ill children and their families in East London are able to lead as happy a life as possible.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of Councillor Keller and the people of Barking and Dagenham for making such a huge difference to the children and families of Richard House.”

For more information about Richard House or to make a donation visit richardhouse.org.uk.

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