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, is running the Virgin London Marathon to raise funds for the Samaritan Fund. You can sponsor him by clicking on ‘donate’ at the top of the page, or by clicking here.