Welsh Charities Receive Donations from The Hospital Saturday Fund

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Twenty-two mainly Welsh charities received donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund at a special reception hosted at Cardiff University recently. In total, almost £80,000 was donated to the charities at the event, which was the Fund’s first charity reception in Wales.

One of the recipients was special guest speaker John Hartson, former professional footballer and founder of The John Hartson Foundation which, following John’s battle with cancer, raises awareness of testicular cancer and provides support to people with cancer and their families.

Among the beneficiaries was Cardiff University which received a grant to help support vital research into new cancer biomarkers of malignancy. The charity Cerebra received a donation to help towards their Innovation Centre which provides research and design into bespoke equipment for children with brain related conditions. Also amongst those receiving grants were the Paul Popham Fund Renal Support Wales whose grant will assist in supporting renal patients and also several hospices received grants including Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice who offer support to those in Wales living with life limited children and their families throughout Wales. Another charity benefiting was Valleys Healing and Life and their grant will purchase a lymphatic drainage machine which will be a huge help to their patients suffering with chronic illnesses.

Speaking at the reception, Professor Julian Sampson of Cardiff University welcomed the guests to the university’s Glamorgan Building and celebrated the extraordinary work of all the charities receiving donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund.

John Hartson expressed thanks on behalf of all the charities receiving grants at the event and spoke movingly about his own cancer journey and the work that his Foundation was doing to support those living with cancer. He said: “On behalf of the Foundation, I’d like to say thank you for this very generous donation which will help us continue our work raising awareness of testicular cancer. This money will help us roll out our #KnowYourBalls campaign - which advises men on how to check themselves for any worrying lumps or bumps – to more places such as workplaces, schools and universities.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of the Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are delighted to hold our first charity reception in Wales and support many charities in the area, a number of which are less well-known. The Hospital Saturday Fund is honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way towards the exceptional, tireless work that they do.

In 2015 the Hospital Saturday Fund will give £850,000 in grants to medical charities for care and research, hospices and hospitals across the UK and Ireland. Assistance will also be given to individuals whose illness or disability has caused financial difficulties.

{slider=About the Hospital Charity Fund}
The Hospital Saturday Fund is a UK charity that was founded in 1873 by pioneers in social and philanthropic work to help people to afford medical care. The Fund has 'tailored' its benefits to suit modern needs and these are now offered through HSF health plan, a name adopted in recent years. Profits from the trading company, HSF health plan, are channeled into the ‘parent’ charity, The Hospital Saturday Fund, to enable these charity donations to be made.

List of 22 charities that received donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund at this event:

Action for Elders
Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases
Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales
Bracken Trust
Cancer Information & Support Services
Cardiff University
George Thomas Hospice Care
John Hartson Foundation, The
Kids Cancer Charity
LATCH Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity
Marie Curie
Nightingale House Hospice
Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales
Royal Voluntary Service
Tenovus Cancer Care
Ty Bryngwyn Hospice
Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice
Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice
Valleys Healing & Life