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.
'...when a homeless man who had just been discharged from hospital collapsed in our waiting room having not eaten for two days – it was wonderful to be able to give him a bit of money for hot food... he was crying with relief .. what a huge difference the money is making to individuals in the direst need' - Citizens Advice Bureau
'for those living with a life-threatening illness …it has been invaluable...' - St John’s Hospice, Westminster
'The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing’ - John Berger b1926
Make a donation
Support the ‘Hospital Sunday’ Appeal
With your support our Samaritan grants can continue to provide vital help – food, clothing, travel cards, bedding – when it’s really needed, making an immediate impact on the lives of vulnerable people who are coping with ill-health and living in poverty.
Help us to help more people and assist the work of London’s frontline health and social services.
You can give a gift online by clicking on ‘donate’ at the top of the page.
Or you can send a cheque payable to: ‘London Catalyst’ to London Catalyst, 45 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB.
Text LNCAT18 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.
Become a regular supporter
Help us to help more people through a regular standing order. As a UK taxpayer you can use Gift Aid to increase your donation. Every penny we receive goes directly to people in desperate need.
A regular donation by standing order is easy to arrange by clicking on the ‘donate’ button at the top of the page.
We can send appeal leaflets should you wish to organise a collection through your place of worship, business or community group. For further details contact the grants administrator on 020 3828 4204.