Ramadan “The best charity is that given in Ramadan”- Tirmidhi The blessed month of Ramadan has started. May Allah (SWT) bestow His mercy and blessings upon you and your families. The best charity is that given in Ramadan. By donating, you’ll bring joy to children with life limiting health needs this holy month. With your help, we can get our services back up and running and provide support to children and families in need. Pay Your Zakat From the moment a child is diagnosed with a life-limiting, life-threatening or complex health condition everything changes. These changes affect the whole family. With 50% of our children coming from Muslim families, this time of year, and the generosity that comes with it, is a vital pillar of support for our beneficiaries. Richard House during Covid-19 The past year has been extremely challenging for everyone at Richard House, especially the children and families that depend on our services. Many have had to shield, and in order to keep the hospice Covid-secure, we’ve had to drastically cut back on our services. Nevertheless, we’ve done everything we can to keep supporting children with life limiting conditions and their families. Our nurses have worked flat out, meeting the surge in demand for our Hospice at Home service, allowing children in shielding to receive care at home, and enabling families to take a much-needed break. We’ve offered video and telephone therapy and counselling sessions for children and families, virtual mums support groups and music therapy for children delivered over Zoom. In addition, Richard House has also helped to take the pressure off the NHS by opening up our doors to children in hospital to make room for people with Covid. Getting back to normality While we’ve done everything we can to keep services running, we’re desperate to get back to some form of normality this year and supporting more children in the hospice. That’s why this Ramadan, we aim to raise £10,000. This amount of money will be able to fund a Play and Care Worker for 50 days, once again giving our children the opportunity to play, be stimulated and explore new experiences. Meet Murshid Murshid has complex health needs, and receives visits at home from our Play and Care Worker Sukaynah. Murshid's mum explains the impact of Sukaynah's visits on Murshid and the whole family. “We receive Hospice at Home care 6 hours a week, as my 18 month year old son Murshid has complex health needs. Complications during birth meant that he had a lack of oxygen and spinal cord injury. As a result, he is paralysed and requires the use a ventilator. We were able to use step-down care at Richard House when we came out of hospital and the support we received was brilliant. It is great that we can still receive care from Richard House through Hospice at Home. Hospice at Home has helped me a lot, Play and Care Worker Sukaynah organises plenty of sensory games for my son which helps greatly with his development. It is easy for me to talk to Sukaynah and each visit means that I can do everyday things like grocery shopping, housework, the washing, cleaning or I can just get some fresh air. Murshid is able to interact and bond with his two siblings over activities during Hospice at Home visits which is brilliant, and you can tell that his mood improves after every visit. Richard House has helped us a lot including other vulnerable children and their families in need. They have bought happiness to us as parents, as a family and to others also.” Support a child like Murshid This Ramadan, support your local children’s hospice Normally during Ramadan, we are able to visit our amazing partner Mosques to hold collections during Friday prayer, but due to Covid restrictions, opportunities for face to face fundraising are limited. That’s why this year we are having to rely far more on individual generosity at this holy time of year. Your Zakat has the potential to transform lives. Please donate to give some hope and happiness to a child, like Murshid during this blessed month. Ramadan Mubarak and Jazakallah Khair.