Christmas Lights on at ExCeL London
ExCeL London hosted its official Christmas lights switch on, which saw pupils from Newham's Calverton Primary School Choir perform before lighting up the venue Christmas tree.
At the event, the school performed a song written especially for Richard House.
Founded in 2000, Richard House was the first children’s hospice in London and provides care to children and their families with life-limiting illnesses. It is one of five long-standing Newham based charities ExCeL supports as part of its commitment to give back to the local community.
It was then time for a visit from ‘ExCeL-Claus’ before lighting up the venue’s 26ft tall Christmas tree.
Chris Baker, chief executive of Richard House Children’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to be one of ExCel London’s long-standing partners, their support at Christmas and all year round means so much to us, particularly in these challenging times. It was great to come together with members of our community and celebrate Richard House and the partnership in such a festive setting. Thank you ExCeL.”
Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL, added: “Supporting our local community has always been something we are immensely proud of and the work of Richard House is integral to that. Putting on a fun, safe event like this is extremely important to us and we’re glad we were able to create this special moment.
“I am delighted that as well as this event, our team helped Richard House become the official charity partner for the forthcoming London International Horse Show at ExCeL, further aiding their funding efforts.”