Party joy at No. 10 Downing Street

Kevin Horkin outside No 10
Kevin Horkin outside No 10
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Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Kevin Horkin, who was recently awarded an MBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, returned to London to help organise a Christmas party.

The festive event at 10 Downing Street was held for on behalf of the children, staff, carers and volunteers of Francis House Children’s Hospice in Didsbury.

Francis House helps over 460 families of children, teenagers and young adults with life-limiting conditions, providing respite care and bereavement support.

Kevin accompanied a number of children, staff, volunteers and parents on the train from Manchester.

Since 2006, Kevin has been patron of The Kirsty Appeal named after Kirsty Howard, a long time friend who died aged 20 in 2015, after being born with a back-to-front heart – an inoperable condition requiring a constant supply of oxygen. Over that period Kevin has helped raise more than £5m for a large extension at Francis House. As recognition of his philanthropic work he was awarded Lancashire Community Philanthropist of the Year in 2011.

Speaking of his latest charity mission, Kevin said: “It was a privilege to accompany everyone to Number 10 and give them a fantastic and really enjoyable experience at the seat of political power in the heart of London.

“It was interesting to see how Number 10 had changed under Theresa May since I was last there when I was invited to put together a children’s Christmas party by Prime Ministe, David Cameron, on behalf of the Community Foundation for Merseyside and Lancashire. I’m sorry we didn’t get to see the Prime Minister on the day, but she left us a message wishing us all well and a Happy Christmas!”