London’s hospices have been put under significant pressure by the Covid-19 crisis. In light of this, we have provided £75,095 of funding to three hospices serving London’s terminally ill population.
Covid-19 has put many of London’s hospices in a difficult financial position, as charity shops have had to close and fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed. At the same time, demand for hospice services has rocketed, with the need for healthcare work in the community increasing, and many people nearing the end of their lives leaving hospital earlier than usual due to Covid-19.
We are supporting three London palliative care facilities: Royal Trinity Hospice, Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, and the North London Hospice. At the Royal Trinity and Greenwich and Bexley, grants of £25,000 each will go towards the hospices’ general Covid-19 response appeals, supporting essential care services and the purchase of personal protective equipment. At the North London Hospice, a £25,095 grant will cover the purchase of nine riser-recliner chairs to aid pressure relief, breathing and mobility; and six syringe drivers to administer drugs in a sustained manner, helping to manage patients’ pain. We hope that these grants will support these hospices in their vital work bringing comfort and palliative relief to those who need it.