St Clare Hospice receives £25,000 Lloyd’s Market funding after nomination from patient’s husband

Charity / Thu 31st Dec 2020 at 09:47am

ST Clare Hospice receives £25,000 Lloyd’s Market funding after nomination from patient’s husband

West Essex and East Hertfordshire charity, St Clare Hospice, has been awarded £25,000 funding after winning one of the Lloyd’s Market Charity Awards 2020.

The award came after a successful nomination by Alan Higgins (from Theydon Bois) whose wife Heather was cared for by St Clare Hospice until her death in September 2019.

Heather Higgins was diagnosed with aggressive, incurable cancer in January 2019 and was supported by the charity’s community nursing team, Hospice at Home team, and Inpatient Unit. Alan said: “It was so unexpected and a shocking scenario to find ourselves in – that my wife, and my best friend of 30 years who I shared everything with, had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Heather was only in her 50s and we thought we had many more years together to look forward to. We had plans for our retirement.”

“The support we received from St Clare Hospice, at one of the most difficult times in our lives, was transformative. I hadn’t had any involvement with hospices before and thought, along with a lot of other people, that they were a place where you go to die with specialist care. I had no idea how much a hospice could do, or the breadth of support they provide.”

Alan, who works for Hampden Agencies Limited, an adviser to private capital in the Lloyd’s of London market, nominated St Clare Hospice for one of 30 awards of up to £25,000 in the Lloyd’s Market Charity Awards 2020. St Clare Hospice’s Director of Income Generation, Rosie Knowles, commented on the award win:

“We are delighted to have been awarded one of the Lloyd’s Market Charity Awards and are so grateful to the Lloyd’s Charities Trust, and of course to Alan for his nomination. £25,000 is a huge amount for a small charity like St Clare Hospice, and is enough to fund our vital Hospice at Home service for nearly two weeks. This incredible team of nurses and healthcare assistants provide vital personal care to people at the end of their lives, in their own homes, just like Heather and Alan received. The team support between 150 and 200 people at any one time, and the care makes such a difference to families in need.”

Rosie continued: “This year, as we face the challenges of covid and its impact on our fundraising and retail income, we need support more than ever. A major, unrestricted funding grant like this really goes a long way to fill that funding gap, and to ensure that our care services keep running for all those who need us now, and in years to come.”

For more information about St Clare Hospice’s services, and how you can get involved and support them, visit: stclarehospice.org.uk

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1 Comment for St Clare Hospice receives £25,000 Lloyd’s Market funding after nomination from patient’s husband:

Cliff Moore
2020-12-31 16:04:42

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