The Relief of Sickness
The Foundation has the principal object of the relief of sickness.
This area of funding tends to be the most populous in terms of awards made and has included grants in the following areas:-
Mental Health: The Foundation continues its support for a Helping Older People (HOP’S) worker, based at the Bristol and District Tranquiliser Project; the role helps people aged over 55 with a prescribed tranquiliser addiction. A National Mental Health Co-ordination Lead has been co-funded at HAFAL, in Wales. At the Sussex Wildlife Trust, funds have been awarded for therapy sessions involving people recovering from mental illness; the programme is called ‘Wellbeing in the Wild’.
Disabilities: A 3 year award is helping to support Low Vision Support Clinics at hospitals across Cornwall for the Cornwall Blind Society, now called I Sight. The Foundation has also provided funding for Outreach Workers at the Newcastle Society for the Blind over the same period.
Services: At Womankind Bristol funding to provide a specialist counselling service for deaf women in the city was continued. An Outreach and Information Coordinator has been funded at Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK. Tenovus received an award from The Foundation that has funded a pilot bowel cancer screening programme in South Wales and South West England.
Equipment: Night monitors for epileptic children supplied by The Daisy Garland have been funded by The Foundation. Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, in West Sussex, received a grant to fund a wheelchair technician to ensure patients have access to fitting and wheelchair repairs on site after the closure of a local NHS service.