Giles Segal

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Family,

Later this month I will be joining an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, to help raise much needed funds for two special charities – Haven House Children's Hospice and Richard House – that serve as hospices for children and young people.

In essence, their mission is to provide palliative care and assistance for children with terminal illnesses or life-threatening conditions, as well as support services for their families during an especially difficult time.

Haven House and Richard House have supported almost 1,000 families between them and are looking to expand their services to care for more children and a greater number of families, for which they need our support. You can read more about them at the links below to understand the truly special work they do.

Mount Kilimanjaro stands at a height of 5,895m above sea-level and is the highest mountain in Africa. The trek will be a significant challenge given the altitude and we intend to take six days to reach the summit at Uhuru. This will no doubt be a difficult ascent, but knowing we are doing this to support two fantastic charities is a significant motivation. I looking forward to seeing the amazing views from the top!

Citi will provide funding to match a portion of the fundraising. Therefore, if I can reach the target, your donations will count for even more, so any amount you can spare will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks!

About Haven House Children's Hospice
Haven House's vision is for the best possible life for every baby, child and young person with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and their families, by providing the highest quality palliative and holistic care services. First conceived in the early 1990s, as the brainchild of Sue Irwin, a registered nurse and health visitor, who with friends and colleagues founded the charity to provide care to life-limited children and their families at no cost to them, Haven House has supported over 650 families in North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire. Their Vision 2020 is a five year strategic plan to support 500 children each year across their respite, end-of-life and community services by 2020.

About Richard House Children's Hospice
Founded in 2000, Richard House provide specialist care for babies, children and young adults who have life-limiting, life-threatening or complex health conditions. Services are free to the 300 families they support across London and include: personalised health care, play specialist support, bereavement support, spiritual care and short breaks for families. Richard House’s focus is on providing an environment where families can create happy, positive experiences and memories together. They aim to consider the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of each family that comes through their door.

Giles Segal