Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is delighted to announce that grant funding from the NHS Covid-19 Fund, established through joint funding from the NHS and HIWCF donors, has been supporting essential hospice services during the peak of the coronavirus crisis.

Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices in Scotton Sutney provide respite, emergency and end of life care to some of the most medically vulnerable children and young adults across South England. The organisation makes it possible for families to make precious final memories with their child, and take their time to say goodbye, and sadly families have been supported with end of life care in the last month. Over 550 life limited children, young adults and their families are currently receiving assistance from Naomi House and Jacksplace, but, during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, regular respite services had to be temporarily suspended.

Photograph courtesy of Naomi House & Jacksplace Hospices

An HIWCF grant of £5,000 from the NHS Covid-19 Fund is enabling respite counselling, sibling support, play therapy, at-home activity, social work and peer support for families to continue through telephone and virtual meetings. In addition, during the peak of the crisis, Jacksplace, a state-of-the-art, young adults’ hospice was able to accept adult patients from local hospitals who were fit for discharge but in need of additional care.

Mark Smith, Chief Executive of Naomi House & Jacksplace said “It is a source of real pride for us here at Naomi House & Jacksplace that we were able to support the local community and NHS services by caring for adult patients from local hospitals through the Covid-19 peak. Naomi House & Jacksplace is a charity created by the community to support the local community, and we are hugely grateful to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation and the NHS for their generous grant during these challenging times.”

Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive at HIWCF commented, “Naomi House and Jacksplace are providing vital care for incredibly vulnerable people and we are delighted that this grant helped care to continue albeit in a different way for young people and allowed patients to receive the additional care they needed upon release from hospital, helping to ease the pressure on the NHS. Our thanks must go to the NHS and our HIWCF donors for helping us to establish the Covid-19 Fund, enabling our local charities and community groups to make a difference during these difficult times.”

HIWCF is inviting local businesses, families and individuals to support the ‘We’re All Together’ campaign, set up to tackle coronavirus in the local community, by making a donation via virginmoneygiving.com/fund/AllTogether

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Notes To Editors

HIWCF Contact Details for Editor:

Name:  Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive, grant.cornwell@hiwcf.com, 01962 798700

Lucy Sweet, Marketing Manager, lucy@hiwcf.com, 01962 798691

About Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation

Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: www.hiwcf.com or for more details email HIWCF at grantsadmin@hiwcf.com

NHS – Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups

Ensuring patients receive the care they need, in the right place and at the right time is the top priority for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups (the Partnership). The Partnership serves a population of more than one million people and manages a budget of £1.4 billion. It is made up of four clinical commissioning groups from Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire, North Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The CCGs in the Partnership have a single Chief Executive and executive team, with a clinical chair and managing director. The clinical commissioning groups of Fareham and Gosport, North Hampshire and South Eastern Hampshire established a formal partnership on April 1, 2017. The Isle of Wight CCG joined the Partnership in April 1, 2018. The aim of the Partnership is to help accelerate improvements in patient care, be more effective and reduce duplication. By working together, the Partnership shares capacity and skills and operates with greater consistency with our partners for the benefit of patients.