Here are some of the local coronavirus appeals we have supported in Cyprus.
The Archangel Michael Hospice
Offering palliative care for people with life-limiting conditions at no cost, there is no other facility like it in Paphos. The hospice has nine bedrooms that can accommodate both children and adults. All the doctors provide their expertise free of charge to support the hospice; however, the hospice still faces annual operating costs of around €300,000, so relies on donations, legacies and fundraising events to continue running. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the hospice has seen a significant reduction in income as the charity shops have had to close and they cannot hold any fundraising events. The Foundation donation has helped to provide short-term support to the Hospice at this difficult time. www.archangel-michael-hospice.com
Works with the poor and disadvantages of all races and faiths, particularly asylum seekers. Many of the families require food and basic necessities. Currently, there is a huge demand for funds to help cover the medical needs of refugees – such as medical appointments, hospital stays and pharmacy requirements. The charity estimates that it will spend more than €4,000 on medical costs this year. www.stpauls-catholic-parish-paphos.com/groups/caritas/
Malta Food Bank feeding over 80 families and individuals every week: the equivalent to providing food to more than 14,000 people each year. In 2019, the charity provided more than €200,000 worth of food to people in need. Everyone has different reasons for needing support, from illness and sudden bereavement, to redundancies and increasing rental costs – whatever the reason might be, regardless of religion, race or gender, the charity will make sure they have enough food to enable them to focus on improving their circumstances. www.foodbanklifeline.com
Rafel is an individual who opened a community ‘Victory Kitchen’ to support families in Malta who are in desperate need of a warm, hearty meal but cannot access one due to the impact of COVID-19. In order to make this voluntarily initiative a success, Rafel required funding to pay for the food supplies, so was extremely grateful for a donation from the Foundation that helped feed five families for 10 days.
The Single Homeless Project (SHP)
A London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. They set up a Coronavirus Emergency Appeal to protect as many homeless Londoners as possible during this unprecedented time. SHP calculate that more than 50% of their clients living in hostels are at high risk, with chronic underlying health issues. By working closely with the local government and collaborating with other charities, more than 1,000 homeless Londoners are now self-isolating in hotels and other safe locations. This co-ordinated effort means that rough sleepers can follow Public Health England advice. A donation from the Foundation contributed towards producing more than 500 food parcels for vulnerable individuals; sourcing over 350 litres of hand sanitiser; investing in Personal Protective Equipment for staff; purchasing vital health check equipment (such as thermometers); and creating two isolation pods for those who are showing symptoms of the virus. www.shp.org.uk
Whittington Health NHS Trust
This NHS Trust in London set up a Coronavirus Crisis Fund to ensure the staff are in the best possible position to care for, and protect, the local community for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. A donation from the Foundation enabled two high quality filter coffee machines to be purchased – one has been placed in the Intensive Care Unit and a second has found a home in the ‘Project Wingman’ lounge. The Foundation also nominated the Trust to receive a bag of ground coffee from Girls Who Grind Coffee – it was a success, and 1kg of the ‘They Care We Share’ ground coffee is on its way to the staff at the hospital. www.whittington.nhs.uk
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