HIWCF grant helps Naomi House & Jacksplace alleviate pressure on NHS

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Grant funding from the NHS Covid-19 Fund, established through joint funding from the NHS and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund (HIWCF) donors, has been supporting essential hospice services during the peak of the Coronavirus crisis.

More than 600 life limited children, young adults and their families receive support from Naomi House & Jacksplace, but, during the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic, regular respite services had to be temporarily suspended.

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 was able to accept adult patients from local hospitals who were fit for discharge but in need of additional care, in a bed to free up frontline NHS beds for Covid-19 patients. 

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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 & 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.”