Since 1873 we have conducted an annual Hospital-Sunday appeal to raise funds for the ‘sick and poor’ of London. All the money we raise goes to our Samaritan Fund which provides emergency relief for people in need; the destitute, homeless and those coping with mental and physical ill-health. Last year we passed on all the funds we raised through our network of 120+ hospital, health and social care partners. This provided an incredible 5,000 emergency one-off payments to people in need. The average hardship grant was £16.
The fund helps in many ways, providing:
- A bag of groceries to assist the safe return home for a frail elderly patient
- Night clothes and bedding for a mother with terminal cancer and depression cared for by her young daughter
- Toiletries for a man detained on a mental health ward penniless and unknown to social or health services
In 2017 our Director, Victor Willmott, ran the Virgin London Marathon and raised £2,500 for the Samaritan Fund. You can still sponsor him by clicking on ‘donate’ at the top of the page, or by clicking here.