Top Comedians raise thousands for Children’s Hospice

On Monday night, Richard House was joined by comedian Tiff Stevenson and a host of the UK’s best upcoming comics to bring their supporters a laughter filled evening, raising £5,171 for the Beckton based children’s hospice.

The hilarious evening was hosted by Amy Gledhill and boasted comedians Tiff Stevenson, Bilal Zafar, Vlad Ilich and Stephen Bailey, who took to the stage for a night of laughter and smiles. Guests included both donors and Richard House families, with the event being sponsored by Richard House’s long-term partner Principle Cleaning Services.

 Richard House delivers care to over 300 children with serious illness and their families each year and prides itself on being a place full of laughter; staff work hard to help people overcome stereotypes that the hospice is a sad place. The fun filled evening, held at Up The Creek Comedy Club in Greenwich, is the first in-person supporter event that Richard House has been able to host in over two years. This made it an emotional night for the team, who were delighted to be able to bring people together again. Of the event, Head of Corporate Engagements and Partnerships, Kathryn Elvin said:

 “It felt right that our first in-person event in two years should be a comedy night, offering a chance for us all to start to overcome the hardships of the pandemic and have a laugh together. Our children at Richard House always keep positive, and can be found smiling and laughing no matter what challenges they are going through. Tonight, we followed their shining example by bringing all our supporters, families, volunteers and staff together to enjoy an evening of entertainment from some of the best stand-up comics in London.”

Covid-19 has brought hardship to Richard House. In the past 24 months the hospice has faced financial struggles and logistical difficulties in delivering their services and continuing to reach families who use the purpose-built facility every year. They are proud to have remained operational everyday throughout the pandemic and saw Monday’s comedy night as a celebration of new beginnings. 

 As well as entry tickets, funds were raised from a raffle, donations and through sales of Blind Pig, Truth Serum and Rye Hopper, three of Up the Creek’s home-brewed ales, from which 50p of each sale was donated to the hospice.

Kathryn added; “We are raising vital funds to keep those smiles on the faces of Richard House children by helping our hospice to also overcome the financial hit of the last two years. The night helped us get back to doing what we do best; making unforgettable memories for families. Our thanks go to everyone who was involved in the event.”