. . . I am delighted to write to you today with a report documenting nine families React had been able to assist through funding awarded by The Caron Keating Foundation and I hope the enclosed document suitably conveys the difference your award has made to the lives of these children . . . Vicky Andreas, Director, React.
. . . Following your extremely kind donation of £10,000, I am writing to say thank you on behalf of the patients and families we are currently caring for at Havens Hospices. Your donation will help us to continue our respite breaks and end-of-life care for adults and youngsters living with life limiting illnesses or conditions. We aim to make their journey – and that of the family – as comfortable as possible, creating special memories along the way . . . Lydia Plews, Corporate Fundraiser, Havens Hospices.
. . . On behalf of all at Dreams Come True may I thank The Caron Keating Foundation once again for the generous donation of £3,300. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like yourselves, we are happy to report that in 2015 we fulfilled more dreams for children and young people living with a serious or life-limiting illness than we did in 2014. Thank you once again . . . Juliet Collier, Trust and Foundations Officer, Dreams Come True.
. . . I am writing on behalf of St Barnabas House to thank you once again for your incredibly generous donation in the past year. This enabled us to increase the number of staff in the Hospice at Home team, meaning we could offer more night sits to people in need of end of life care in their own home . . . Judith Owen-Phillips, Fundraising Development Manager, St Barnabas House.
. . . I am writing to thank you for the support the Caron Keating Foundation gave to Prospect Hospice last year towards our free transport service for terminally ill patients. In the last six months our volunteer drivers have covered over 8074 miles so that patients without transport get the support they need. In reality that figure is much much higher as not all of our volunteers claim their mileage costs, many choosing to donate their time and petrol freely to support people in the community under the care of Prospect Hospice. This is what one of our volunteer drivers told us recently “being a patient driver is so rewarding. I have my regular patients that I transport but on occasion when needed, I get to transport someone completely new. I really enjoy meeting new people.” In total your support helped us provide 687 journeys to and from Prospect Hospice . . . Venice Marriott, Trusts Fundraiser, Prospect Hospice.
. . . I have great pleasure in writing to you with an update on how the grant of £3,000 has helped us to purchase new syringe drivers for the Hospice. Your grant helps to provide specialist palliative care to adults from Hartlepool and East Durham . . . Anne Gladwin, Trust Fundraiser, Hartlepool and District Hospice.
. . . I am writing to thank you on behalf of Haven’s Hospices, for the very generous and kind donation of £10,000 to Little Havens Children’s Hospice. Little Havens cares for children aged 0 to 19 years. We focus on the individual needs of the children we care for, ‘Making every day count’ for those with life-limiting illnesses and their familes. We greatly appreciate your kindness and support and wish you every success with the Caron Keating Foundation . . . Tanya King, Corporate Fundraiser, Havens Hospices, Westcliff-on-Sea.
. . . Dear Gloria, thank you so much for the Foundation’s generous donation of £1000. One of our biggest successes has been the Band of Brothers which offers ‘fellowship, support and a listening ear’ to both service and former soldiers and offers them lifelong access to support. Just recently two beneficiaries who both served with the Army have been medically discharged because they have terminal cancer. One of them is part of the Shooting for Heroes programme and he attends one weekend in every month (depending on his treatment) whilst the other family, both patient and his wife have been to the Band of Brothers for respite . . . Mark Elliott, Head of External Operations, Help for Heroes.
. . . On behalf of the Charity, I would like to thank you for your kind donation of £10,000 towards the patient support room in our new Seamoor Chemotherapy and Day Treatment Unit. The unit was officially opened this week by HRH The Earl of Wessex coincidently on the same day we received your amazing cheque. Caron was a very special person, she inspired so many people across the UK, and the funds that you and the Trustees have donated to us from her Foundation will make such a difference to the lives of our cancer patients treated in North Devon. Once again, I am very grateful for your fantastic donation, which will make a real difference to our patients and the wonderful staff that treat them . . . Ian Roome, Fundraising Manager, Over and Above, North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple, Devon.
. . . We were absolutely delighted to receive your donation of £4,000. It means a great deal to us to have your support, it also means we can continue to look after people at the end of their lives. Your donation towards specialist mattresses will help us to achieve our vision that everyone in our local community with a life limiting illness will have access to the best possible care available. Your support and generosity is appreciated, so thank you so much again from all of the team here at St. Peter’s Hospice . . . Mrs. Sarah Pryer, Trust Fundraiser, St Peter’s Hospice, Long Ashton, Bristol.
. . . I was delighted to receive your letter this morning, enclosing a generous cheque for £5,000. React continues to be inundated from families who are applying for equipment which will improve the quality of life for their child, yet unavailable to them through any other source. We are delighted that now, thanks to The Caron Keating Foundation’s generosity, we will be able to respond positively to more of the families in urgent need and provide equipment which is vital to the care routines of terminally ill children living with a terminal cancer prognosis . . . With my very best wishes, Vicky Andreas, Director, React, Richmond, Surrey.
. . . I would like to express the heartfelt gratitude of all the staff and volunteers at Cavandish Cancer Care for the generous grant of £5,000. Your donation will make a real difference and help us to be there for more local people affected by cancer. Demand for our services has been growing and will continue to do so in future years due to the ever rising incidence of cancer and an increasing focus on the long-term holistic care needs of those affected by this disease. As a result the support of organisations like yours is more important than ever, and without it our therapists and assessors simply wouldn’t be able to offer their vital care to families living with cancer. I would like to finish by thanking you once again on behalf of all those we will support with your help in the coming months . . . Chris Farrell, Chief Executive, Cavendish Cancer Care, Sheffield.
. . . Thank you so much for your kind donation of £5,000 on behalf of The Caron Keating Foundation. As stated, your grant will support the Patient Grant Fund, ensuring that blood cancer patients and their families can address the pressing financial burdens posed by their treatment. The majority of grants so far awarded have covered entirely practical expenditure including travel, the purchase of household furniture or white goods, and clothes, making a simple fur much needed impact on stretched families. Thank you for your help in meeting this need . . . Richard Granville, Senior Trusts Fundraising Manager, Anthony Nolan, London.
. . . On behalf of St Barnabas House, Worthing, I would like to thank you so much for your donation of £7,657 towards our Hospice at Home service.The number of of people using Hospice at Home has increased significantly year on year since it was set up in 2012. Last year alone there were over 3,690 visits carried out. As you said in your letter, the nurses and health care assistants who deliver Hospice at Home show great determination and passion. So on behalf of those families, and all the other people we are able to help because of the support we received from people like you, thank you so much for your donation . . . Judith Owen-Phillips, Fundraising Development Manager, St. Barnabas House, Worthing.
. . . It was wonderful to receive The Caron Keating Foundation’s very kind grant of £4,330 for our Secondary Breast Cancer Days. We are delighted that you have chosen to support our work here in Yorkshire. We will be very pleased to use these funds towards the free care and support we provide our Visitors at the Yorkshire Haven . . . Hannah Beezer, Trust Fundraiser, The Yorkshire Haven, Leeds.
. . . Thank you so much for your very kind donation of £3,000 towards the refurbishment of the two complimentary therapy rooms. We are most grateful to The Caron Keating Foundation for the award. Without such awards from Trusts and Foundations we would be unable to continue to offer the excellent facilities we have at St. Andrew’s Hospice and we will be acknowledging this kind donation by having a plaque in one of the therapy rooms . . . Lorna McCafferty, St. Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie.
. . . We were delighted to receive a donation of £3,000 from The Caron Keating Foundation towards our work fighting prostate cancer. Please accept our sincerest thanks for your generosity, on behalf of us all at Prostate Cancer UK . . . Lola Olokodana, Trusts Fundraising Executive, Prostate Cancer UK, London.
. . . I am writing to thank you for the incredible donation of £5,000 from The Caron Keating Foundation. We are absolutely delighted to hear the news that the Trustees have agreed to help us fund our chemotherapy service for seriously ill children and young people across Kent. This grant will enable us to provide 44 vital treatments within the comfort and security of the family home, preventing distress caused by visits to hospital and allowing the whole family to stay together. Thank you once again – your support will truly make a difference . . . Rachel Holweger, Director of Fundraising, ellenor, Children’s Hospice Care, Dartford.
. . . We are having some issues with our post from the hospital, so just in case you did not receive my letter of thanks for the generous donation of £10,000, I have put another one in the post. We were so thrilled that you have decided to fund our Breast reconstruction work. It is the most important project we are running and so close to making an impact for women that have had a mastectomy. Please pass on our thanks to the other Trustees. We will ensure that the Foundation is mentioned in any published papers, press releases and general publicity material. We will also mention the Foundation on our website page describing the Breast project. Best wishes . . . John Abbey, Director of Development RAFT, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex
. . . Thank you for your donation of £6,500 which we received for Complementary and Creative Therapies in our Day Hospice. We are extremely grateful for your support and admire all the help your Foundation provides for charities who support people with cancer. Please find enclosed update . . . Ellie Walsh, Willen Hospice, Milton Keynes.
. . . Our thanks again to yourself and all the Trustees of the Caron Keating Foundation for your generous donation of £7,370 for two mattresses in July 2012. I am writing to you to let you know how the grant has been used and what a difference it’s made. As you recall we are the only adult hospice serving Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and we provide a wide range of community. Using top quality beds and mattresses is absolutely vital for the comfort and care of our very ill in-patients and because all our beds are in constant use, mattresses need to be replaced very regularly. Following the purchase, our Ward Sister Jan says ‘the mattresses have been very well received by our patients and have a huge benefits for their comfort and quality of life while they’re on the Unit with us’ . . . Mrs Sarah Pryer, St Peter’s Hospice, Bristol.
. . . Here at the Breathing Space Clinic at the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast we are so grateful to The Caron Keating Foundation for their generous support of the hospice, which has no doubt contributed to this success. Support from trusts and foundations such as The Caron Keating Foundation is crucial to our work at the hospice, as we strive to provide the very best support for patients and their families in an increasingly uncertain economic climate . . . Bridie Layden, Marie Curie Cancer Care.
. . . Your most generous Grant of £9,000 is helping to support our Respite Care Service which provides two vital needs: (1) Allows patients and carers to book in advance short periods of respite at our 10-bed in-patient Unit, enabling a break from full-time caring (2) It also offers an emergency respite service where some kind of crisis has occurred and immediate respite care is needed. The Foundation received a report from St. Cuthbert’s Hopice on how they used the grant we gave them, and also the wonderful gift by Gloria on behalf of Flora Pro-Active of a Garden. It is a great report, of which we have published here a story of one of their local residents, Mr. Barry Cowell . . . Local resident Barry Cowell has been using our planned respite service every four months since 2006. It was Barry who, in April 2011, place a pebble engraved with Caron Keating’s name in the stream running through our Memory Garden, as a mark of the Hospice’s appreciation for the £9,000 grant made by the Caron Keating Foundation. Barry’s wife Cath has told the Hospice: ‘The care Barry receives at St Cuthbert’s Hospice is second-to-none. The staff are incredible and work so hard to make sure that each patient has the highest amount of care, dignity and respect. The respite in particular is so important to give us both a break, and when Barry is in respite I can rest assured that he is getting the best care possible’. . . Rosemary Harrison, Trust Fundraiser, St. Cuthbert’s Hospice.
. . . We will be putting your donation to work immediately and we wanted to let you know that your fundraising could pay for the work of two of our internationally-acclaiimed scientists for a month. These scientists are eminent in their field and work on a range of projects within our Research Centre. You will be helping them to make breakthroughs in the way breast cancer is treated, prevented and ultimately eradicated . . . Kath Abrahams, Director of Fundraising, Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
. . . Just an update to say that traditional and complementary therapies continue to form an essential part of the care and support we provide to patients and their carers. Many of our patients require input from our qualified therapists during their patient journey, either in the form of occupational therapy, physiotherapy or complementary therapy. Over the past 6 months, we have provided over 90 episodes of complementary therapy care to patients in the Inpatient Unit and patients attending the Day Hospice. Since the grant was awarded we have employed a new complementary therapist and increased the hours to full time. Christine has developed a good rapport with patients who are showing the benefits of the treatments both physically and mentally . . . Rebecca jobson, Hartlepool & District Hospice.
. . . Further to our letter dated June 19th, 2012 we are delighted to inform you that we have named a therapy room in memory of Caron (pictures to follow) these will give you an insight into the room. Many thanks once again for your generous donation . . . Dorothy Crowther, Wirral Holistic Care Services.
. . . Excerpt from the Abergavenny Chronicle supplied by The Haven . . . The Hereford Haven receives grant from The Caron Keating Foundation. The Caron Keating Foundation – which gives grants to all types of cancer charities. The Hereford Haven wrote to the Foundation and Gloria Hunniford replied, ‘We admire what you are achieving through your various projects and ongoing dedication and we are thrilled to be able to support you in a small way’. . . taken from the Abergavenny Chronicle, September 27, 2012.
. . . We are very grateful to receive a grant of £5000 from The Caron Keating Foundation earlier this year. I am pleased to write with an update of our pilot project which has commenced this month. With the support from The Caron Keating Foundation we will be able to offer 312 complementary therapy sessions without charge to our patients receiving end of life care at home. We are very excited to offer this new addition to our service and thank you for your very generous backing of the pilot . . . Laura Marazzi, St. John’s Hospice.
. . . Thank you for your support of our work with families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. Here is an excerpt from the latest Rainbow Trust magazine which features Ben Morris an 11 year old with a big smile and lots to say who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy. On Sunday April 1st he took part in a 100m race on the track of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford with eight other supporters to celebrate Rainbow Trust’s involvement with Olympic programme the Gold Challenge. Lining up against rugby star Austin Healey, Ben received a standing ovation from the crowd as he made it over the finish line in his wheelchair . . . Sharon Carter, Rainbow Trust.
. . . On behalf of the trustees of the Cyclists Fighting Cancer, I would like to acknowledge and say a very bit and warm thank you for your generous donation of £1000. We are a small Warwickshire based charity making a massive difference to the lives and those we help. Visit our website www.cyclistsfc.org.uk . . . Louise Johnson (Mrs).
. . . The Pepper Foundation was extremely grateful for The Caron Keating Foundation’s donation this year. We are a small charity that nurses approximately 40 life-threatened and life-limited children in their own homes every year. Your donation has helped us to care for children like Seth, and support his parents through one of the toughest periods of their lives. Here is an excerpt from Seth’s parents . . . ‘On Monday June 16th, aged 9 months and 11 days, our beautiful baby boy could not fight anymore. At 6 a.m., tucked up in bed with his mummy and daddy, Seth passed away. At home. Without Pepper this couldn’t and wouldn’t have happened. I would like to thank Pepper for giving us the opportunity to take control of our lives again by having Seth at home with us.’ . . . Gloria, on behalf of all our terminally ill patients, and their families, thank you for your support . . . Jonathan Tweed, The Pepper Foundation.
. . . On behalf of the clients, volunteers, staff and trustees of The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, I write to acknowledge with very grateful thanks the generous donation of £11,000 from the Caron Keating Foundation to support our Lymphoedema Service . . . Andrew Bone, The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre.
. . . Thank you so much for your kind letter and very generous donation of £5,000. Like all Charities at the moment, we are finding fund-raising increasingly challenging as more and more good causes have to fight for a smaller pot. Your very valuable donation will make a very significant contribution to our fund-raising and is very much appreciated . . . Jennifer Mollett, South East Cancer Help Centre.
. . . On behalf of the Trustees and Members of Herriot Hospice Homecare, I should like to thank you for the grant of £5,000 which we received on July 10th, 2012. As a Charity we do depend upon charitable giving and so your donation is very much appreciated. Without such support we would not be able to provide our services in the community . . . Irene Bosomworth, Herriot Hospice Homecare.
. . . On behalf of everyone at Weston Hospicecare, I am writing to thank you for your letter together with the cheque for £5,000 from the Caron Keating Foundation for our Children’s Bereavement Service. We are thrilled and very grateful to receive this support from the Foundation which will help make a real difference to the children and grandchildren of some of our patients during one of the toughest experiences they are ever likely to face . . . Sally Davis, Weston Hospicecare
. . . Thank you so much for your letter and cheque for £5,000. This grant really will make all the difference in enabling us to continue providing an outstanding level of care and treatment for our Visitors, who have asked me to pass on their thanks for your support, they are delighted – as we are! . . . Frankie Devereux, The Haven.
. . . I am writing to say what a pleasure it was to receive your letter today and to thank the Trustees for their generous grant of £4,700. This money will be used to help us replace the syringe pumps in use in both of our hospice services and so will have a direct impact on the care we provide to those in our care . . . Martin Randall, Keech Hospice Care.
. . . We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a most generous grant of £5,000 from the Caron Keating Foundation towards specialist palliative care services at Hartlepool and District Hospice . . . Rebecca Jobson, Hartlepool and District Hospice.
. . . I am writing to acknowledge and thank you for your very kind donation in the sum of £25,000. We are extremely grateful to the Caron Keating Foundation for this very generous award that will help us to continue our specialist palliative care work with patients in Cornwall . . . Paul Brinsley, Cornwall Hospice Care.
. . . Thank you all so very much for your generous donation of £7370 towards our work in Bristol. The funding has bought four chairs . . . Sarah Pryer, St. Peters Hospice.
. . . We were so delighted to receive a very generous grant of £5,800 from The Caron Keating Foundation. We will use this donation to fund the care that our specialist team provide to patients suffering from Lymphoedema, a distressing condition which often develops following treatment for cancer . . . Jane Phillips, St. Margaret’s Hospice.
. . . On behalf of everyone at the Mary Ann Evans Hospice please accept our sincere thanks for the wonderful donation of £2,500. A second Lymphassist machine will allow us to treat more patients needing our services . . . Julia Johnson, Mary Ann Evans Hospice.
. . . We were thrilled to receive your donation of £7,500 to support the UCLH Oncology Fund. This will go towards the cost of a complementary therapist for one day a week for a year . . . Margaret Ruttle, UCLH Oncology Fund.
. . . Thank you for your donation of £5,000 which we received. This gift is very much welcome and will be put to good use here at the Children’s Hospice helping us to care for the very special children and their families who use our service . . . Ellen Hillen, Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
. . . I am delighted to confirm that we have received the very generous gift of £5,000 from the Caron Keating Foundation towards our Breathing Space Clinic at the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast. It is so important that our patients are able to make the most of the time they have left with their families and have access to the tailored support they need . . . Sue Curry, Marie Curie Cancer Care.
. . . Thank you so much for your recent donation of £5,000 in support of CISS (Cancer Information and Support Services). CISS would not be able to continue to support and grow if it weren’t for the continued support of people like you and the wonderful financial assistance that The Caron Keating Foundation provides. We really do appreciate your generous donation . . . Vicki Jones, Cancer Information & Support Services.
. . . Thank you so much for the generous donation of £10,000 from the Caron Keating Foundation towards our work with teenagers and young adults with non-curative cancer here at Douglas House . . . Tim Wraith, Helen & Douglas House.
. . . I was delighted to receive your letter and very generous donation of £5,000 from your family foundation. Support from The Caron Keating Foundation will enable us to pilot a new complementary therapy service for patients receiving end of life care at home . . . Laura Marazzi, St. John’s Hospice.
. . . Thank you so much for the generous support of £4,000. I am so very touched that The Caron Keating Foundation recognises the many ways in which the support of charity gives, helps those seriously-ill children and families who live wih the constant pressures of their conditions . . . Jane Gates, Sebastian’s Action Trust.
. . . I write to say a huge thank you to the Caron Keating Foundation for your very generous support of our work with grant assistance of £7,500. This donation will mean so much to our patients and their families and will allow us to help to make their journey with their diagnosis that little bit better/enhanced . . . Majella Gollogly, Southern Area Hospice Services.
. . . I was absolutely delighted to receive the generous grant of £2,000 from the trustees of The Caron Keating Foundation to support the vital service provided by our Artist in Residence at St Barnabas House. One aspect of the art related activities which Stevan, our Artist in Residence is keen to develop, is in giving patients the opportunity to work with clay . . . Andy Perry, St Barnabas House.
. . . On behalf of everyone at Naomi House and jacksplace, I write to say thank you and your colleagues at The Caron Keating Foundation for the wonderful donation of £500. Currently we provide respite, end of life and breavement support to nearly 400 children, young adults and their families to help them through the good days, difficult days and last days. Without the tremendous generosity of individuls, businesses, groups, and foundations special activities and weekends, simply would not be possible . . . Paula Flower, Naomi House and jacksplace.
. . . We would like to thank you for helping the Sharon Fox Centre and for the large donatioon from The Caron Keating Foundation of £4,000. With generous gestures and help from large-hearted people like you, we will be able to continue to run the centre and provide help and support to the local community . . . Lyssa Turley, The Sharon Fox Cancer Centre.
. . . I am writing to thank you for your kind donation of £5,000, we are very grateful that you have recognised in our small charity that the work we do is vital to Kidney Cancer patients and their families . . . Leela Huckstep, James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer.
. . . On behalf of Charis Integrated Cancer Care I would like to thank The Caron Keating Foundation for your amazing award of £9,000. We are Mid Ulster’s first unique Integrated Cancer Care Centre. It provides person-centred care for those whose lives are affected by cancer from diagnosis onwards . . . John McLaughlin, Charis Integrated Cancer Care.
. . . Thank you so very much for your cheque of £5,000. We are delighted with this award and are very grateful to you for this support of our significant liver cancer research. Pelican is a world renowned ‘centre of excellence’ for sharing life-saving and life-enhancing knowledge and skills with surgeons and cancer teams worldwide . . . Lucy Dingwall, Pelican Cancer Foundation.
. . . On behalf of the Board of Trustees and myself please accept our grateful thanks for the generous donation of £5,000 from The Caron Keating Foundation. It was a wonderful surprise and a great lift to open the envelope . . . Dorothy Crowther, Wirral Holistic Care Services.
. . . Thank you so much for your letter informing us that your Foundation has awarded us £3,375 towards our well-being day. It means a lot to us and our patients . . . Peter Wrighton, Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice Support Ltd.
. . . Thank you very much indeed for the Caron Keating Foundation’s donation of £1,000 to the Pepper Foundation. It was wonderful to read your kind words about our work with life-limited and life-threatened children and their families. Thank you for recognising the difference we can make to families at such a difficult time . . . Jonathan Tweed, Pepper Foundation.
. . . I am writing to thank you for the donation of £300 to help fund the Lymphoma Association’s helpline training. We will ensure that it is put to good use by providing information and support to those affected by lymphatic cancer . . . Ian Leech, Lymphoma Association.
. . . On behalf of staff and patients at Prospect Hospice I am writing to thank you for the kind gift of £500 towards our work supporting seriously ill people in our community. Your gift will be used towards the cost of independent living aids – making life just that little bit easier for patients as they go about their daily activities . . . Liz Redvers-Weston, Prospect Hospice.