From left to right: Martin Booth (Justice First Limited); Lawrence McAnelly (Director at Hospital of God);Emilie de Bruijn (Hartlepool Baby Bank); Margaret Bousefield (Trustee at Hospital of God); Anita White (Alice House Hospice); Julie Fletcher (St Hild’s C of E School); Keith Milner (Hartlepool Town Pastors)
Hartlepool Grants Recipients 2019
The Hospital of God currently gives away around £90,000 a year to voluntary organisations working with disadvantaged people living in the North East. We receive grant applications from a wide range of different organisations, all of whom are actively working towards helping vulnerable people living in our local area.
In May of this year, we gave a total of £38,000 to 27 different organisations to help with a wide range of activities and groups. This included £7,500 being given to voluntary organisations either based in or working in our own home town of Hartlepool.
This year, for the very first time, we decided to get together a group of our grants recipients and give them their cheque in person starting with our Hartlepool summer grant recipients. Five organisations were invited to our Estate Office in Greatham. This not only gave us the chance to meet them in person, but also gave the groups a chance to meet each other and form potential future working links.
The five groups who met were:
Alice House - £1000
Alice House provide Palliative Care for adults diagnosed with severe and progressive life limiting illnesses.
A grant of £1000 was given to support 4 patients to receive specialist palliative care in their inpatient unit for 1 day, and to provide their friends and families with help and support.
Hartlepool Town Pastors - £1500
HTP Street Angels contribute to the safety and wellbeing of others. They go out at night in Hartlepool (between 10.30pm-3am) and help to get people home safely, help cut anti-social behaviour, dispose of broken glasses, bottles and sometimes syringes. They provide help and support to people who may be distressed. Their volunteers also check on rough sleepers, providing supplies such as hats, gloves and food, as well as providing advice on where to seek shelter, obtain meals and get benefit advice.
A grant of £1500 given to help with purchase of consumables such as lollipops, flip-flops, hats & gloves.
St Hild’s Church of England School - £2000
St Hild's School works closely with community and local organisations to support young people and their families in the community. They have identified that there is a major need for summer provision for 5-13 year olds in the De Bruce ward, which would support parents struggling to feed and entertain their children.
A grant of £2000 given to hold a 5 week programme of activities and physical play. Local organisations will deliver a varied programme that will develop skills, build confidence, improve communication as well as raising aspirations.
Justice First Limited - £2000
The charity provides food and support, including the provision of guidance, advice and assistance on health, employment and welfare matters to asylum seekers in the Tees Valley.
A grant of £2000 was given to assist with staffing costs/ core costs of new premises.
Hartlepool Baby Bank - £1000
The Hartlepool Baby Bank provide resources for families across Hartlepool who have children under the age of 2, or are pregnant. These services include offering advice and support on feeding, a lending library of equipment, signposting to help with housing/ benefits etc., and providing a safe space for parents to meet and access community support. They are on track to support 300 families in the next year.
Grant of £1000 given to help pay for a small storage unit, as well as the purchase of for their newborn support packages.
The afternoon was a great success, with each organisation getting to explain to the others who they are and what they are hoping to achieve with the grant money.
Anita White, Trust Fundraiser at Alice House Hospice, stated:
“The Hospital of God at Greatham has supported Alice House Hospice for many years. It is wonderful that they continue to recognise the importance of the work we do in providing specialist palliative and end of life care to patients and supporting their families. This generous £1,000 grant will go directly to helping us care for patients in our Inpatient Unit who are facing a very difficult time. Thank you so much”
Lawrence McAnelly, Director at the Hospital of God, states:
“The Hospital of God has now given well over £1,000,000 in grant funding to voluntary organisations based in the North East of England and we are very proud to support so many wonderful voluntary organisations who are making a real difference in their local communities. Meeting our latest Hartlepool grant recipients gave us a snapshot into some of the innovative work that is happening on the ground level in our area. Bringing small local charities together not only gave us a better insight into their work, but also gave them the opportunity to network and form connections that can further benefit the people of Hartlepool.
The Hospital of God awards grants three times per year of £1000-3000; if any small voluntary organisations wish to apply, the next closing date is the 31st August 2019, and more information can be found at www.hospitalofgod.org.uk.”