A Harrow based charity has awarded St Luke’s Hospice a grant of £1,000 for personal protective equipment (PPE), following an urgent appeal that was made by the Hospice.
The Hospice, which provides end of life care to people in Harrow and Brent, was facing a dire shortage of PPE, and the Harrow charity was quick to respond to the Hospice’s application for support.
At the height of the crisis, a third of St Luke’s patients were suffering with Covid-19. As a result, they extended their patient admittance time to 11 pm, to maximise resource and to alleviate strain on the NHS. Not only were nurses, doctors, and carers providing support, but they were also now dealing with the additional challenges and rigorous procedures that Covid-19 presented and demanded.
Amanda Ashton at Harrow Giving said: “Harrow Giving is pleased that it has been able to help support the ongoing and invaluable work of St Luke’s Hospice, as their dedicated staff continues to care for loved ones during these challenging times.”
Amanda Ziegler, Fundraising Manager at St Luke’s explains how the grant has made a real difference: She said: “St Luke’s uses £100 worth of PPE equipment each day. This generous grant from Harrow Giving has enabled us to keep our patients, their families, and our frontline staff safe for 10 days. The equipment will be used within our extremely busy 12 bedded inpatient unit (IPU) and by our Home Care teams who support patients and families in their own homes.”
She continues: “With the help of additional PPE, we have managed to relax the visiting rules for our IPU when a patient is in their last days of life. Thanks to the grant from Harrow Giving, we now have enough PPE to extend to visitors, which has greatly improved their safety.”
Harrow Giving is a trading name of Harrow Community Action, which is a consortium working to strengthen the voluntary and community sector.