Palliative care is an important area of funding activity for The Foundation.
'Palliative Care improves the quality of life for patients and families who face life-threatening illness, by providing pain and symptom relief, spiritual and psychosocial support from diagnosis to the end of life and bereavement.' World Health Organisation 2013
Awards are made in this category across the UK and generally range in value from £5,000-£20,000. The usual term of a palliative care award is 12 months.
Since its inception, the Foundation has made grants to adult and children's hospices across the UK of over £2.5 million since 2005.
These are some examples of palliative care awards made by the Foundation:
The Foundation supported Hospice at Home West Cumbria
by funding the purchase of specialised Lymphoedema equipment. By purchasing two new Intermittent Pneumatic Compression units, as well as arm and leg garments, the hospice has been able to help many new patients suffering from Lymphoedema as a side effect of their cancer treatment.
Rotherham Cancer Care Centre has been able to extend its opening hours following a grant from the Foundation. Assessors and therapists were funded allowing the centre to operate for longer, and support more cancer patients.
The Foundation funded a clinical nurse specialist which helped St Richard’s Hospice to set up its ‘Gateway’ service. This triage service has significantly helped the hospice to prioritise patient care, and to provide the correct treatment for the right people.