Julia and Hans Rausing are supporting holistic support for people living with cancer with a grant of over £196,000 from their Charity Survival Fund.
The grant given to national cancer charity, Penny Brohn UK based in Bristol, is to help maintain its frontline cancer services and survive its current funding crisis.
Commercial Director, Andrew Hufford, says, “Penny Brohn UK is currently facing the biggest challenge in its 40 year history. We are absolutely thrilled that Julia and Hans Rausing have chosen to champion holistic cancer care with this transformational gift. This donation provides a lifeline - helping us to survive this crisis and continue to be here for the very people who need us most.
We’re seeing more people than ever looking for support as the pandemic continues to impact cancer services across the UK. Many are anxious and fearful and some are feeling isolated and alone as they continue to shield.
Since closing our doors to the National Centre in March, we are learning fast how to continue to support people with cancer. We’re helping people right now with our new remote services using technologies like Zoom and one to one telephone consultation and video calls. And although we miss the face to face interactions, we are reaching out beyond geographical bounds to meet people where they are.
At Penny Brohn UK, we recognise that to live well with cancer we need more than medicine. This is truer today for all of us as we experience the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our daily lives
Cancer is not stopping and thanks to Julia and Hans’ incredible generosity, neither are we. We are committed to helping as many people as we can. No one should go through cancer alone.”
Like so many charities Penny Brohn faces an income shortfall this year. It forecasts to lose over £700,000 and is restructuring to reduce its cost and make significant changes to the way it operates to protect front-line services for people living with cancer now, and in the future.
Julia and Hans Rausing commented: “When reading through the many applications for the Charity Survival Fund, we were struck by the number of charities which are doing vital work supporting communities across the country. We are thrilled that Penny Brohn UK will be able to continue to offer help and support to people, at a time when the pandemic has made their work more important than ever before.”
The Charity Survival fund was established by Julia and Hans Rausing in July 2020 to help charities in need due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Charity Survival Fund has provided £18 million to support core costs over the second half of the year.
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