Our charity, The Hospital Saturday Fund, has been supporting the community through it’s grant-making since 1873. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, our normal way of working, like all businesses, had to be adapted.
In our case, a decision was made in March this year to pause our regular grant making efforts. However, we were determined to find a way of continuing to support local communities during the pandemic. The organisation’s solution was to introduce the Covid-19 Grant, which has enabled 102 charities such as hospices and care homes throughout the UK and Ireland to receive support. This funding went towards things including the purchase of PPE equipment, and extra funding for helplines and home visits.
One of our UK-based beneficiaries was Tŷ Hafan, a children’s hospice in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Eleanor Prescott, the charity’s Grants and Trusts Fundraiser, explained that without support during the pandemic, that they would “struggle to meet the (funding) levels necessary, and in the worst case have to restrict our services to keep families safe”. The Hospital Saturday Fund has been thrilled to contribute towards the continuation of this vital service, so that Tŷ Hafan can go on “fulfilling their purpose to help make short lives full family lives, and be there for families as long as they need us”.
Our Chief Executive, Paul Jackson, has noted how very proud he is that we were able to be there for beneficiaries and communities like Tŷ Hafan when they needed us the most.
In July, the exciting decision was also made to resume The Hospital Saturday Fund’s normal grant-making for charities and individuals.