A CUMBRIAN fund has given a £5,000 boost to Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, a county-based charity which helps care for the terminally ill.
A spokesman for the Hadfield Trust said: “The trust is delighted to be able to provide additional support to Hospice at Home in Carlisle and North Lakeland. It provides an invaluable service in the homes of the terminally ill and almost everyone knows of someone in their immediate circle who has been helped by their compassionate care.
“We are very conscious that many charities are finding their very existence threatened by the funding cuts that are being endured across the country and we have responded by giving due consideration to new funding applications, which include a degree of revenue funding within them, something that, in the past, we would have previously discounted.
“Our assessment panel meets three times a year to consider applications from Cumbria-based charities or from organisations working with Cumbrian residents. Our procedure is very straightforward, with clear guidelines and the application form is a very simple one to complete.
“We don’t try and make it difficult to access our funding and the trustees’ decision is always communicated swiftly to the applicants. Full details of the trust, our grant policies and application form are all available at the trust’s website, www.hadfieldtrust.org.uk.”
Sheila Thompson, charity director for Hospice at Home, said: “We are grateful to the Hadfield Trust for this grant which will be used to nurse and care for the terminally ill in North and East Cumbria.”
Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland provides a free palliative nursing service for anyone who is terminally ill and wants to be nursed at home. It also provides support to the patient’s family and loved ones. The charity must raise £9,500 each week to continue to do so.
The Hadfield Trust was set up in September, 1997, and was endowed through the generosity of one family who had been resident in Cumbria for many years. It works particularly to provide help for charitable projects working in the fields of social needs, youth and employment, help for older people, the arts and the environment.