This month, global firm INEOS has donated £10,000 to Oakhaven Hospice through the international INEOS Community Fund. This grant will support the vital work of the hospice as it finds new working methods to provide support and guidance to people across its local community dealing with end of life issues.
Oakhaven Hospice provides specialist palliative care and support for over 250 patients, carers and families at any one point across the New Forest. The Hospice’s mission is to meet the end of life needs of its community while aspiring to make every moment matter by promoting quality of life for people with life limiting conditions and their families. As part of a wide range of care services the hospice provides traditional support, social interaction, physiotherapy, complementary therapy, as well as counselling and bereavement services.
The grant will be used by Oakhaven Hospice to fund its vital work as it finds new ways of operating its service in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis. It will fund a new “Stay Connected” telephone support line to allow Hospice staff to deliver care and expertise, in line with social distancing requirements. Operated by a Registered General Nurse this service is an essential response to the Covid-19 pandemic and allows Oakhaven to support their community more than ever during these difficult times.
Oakhaven Hospice Chief Executive, Andrew Ryde, said: “We are delighted to have received this support from the INEOS Community Fund, which has come at a pivotal moment as we work to evolve our services to best support our community to ensure that we make a real difference to people’s lives and help make every moment matter.”
The £1m INEOS Community Fund was established by INEOS Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe in March 2020 in tandem with the company’s Covid-19 “Hands On” campaign, which set up new production lines to provide millions of bottles of free hand sanitiser each month to hospitals and frontline healthcare.
The Community fund enables INEOS sites across the world to support the charitable organisations doing vital work in their local communities at this particularly difficult time.
The INEOS Community Fund representative from the Lyndhurst office, Nathan Moore, said: “We were delighted to be able to help Oakhaven Hospice as they adapt to these very challenging COVID times. Their new Stay Connected Helpline will allow them to continue their brilliant work of providing support to our local community”.
More information on the work of Oakhaven Hospice and details on how you can support it can be found via its website:https://www.oakhavenhospice.co.uk/