Hospices of Hope is the leading hospice and palliative care charity in South East Europe and has recently built and opened a new purpose-built hospice in Romania’s capital, Bucharest. It is now focussing on establishing a new centre for children and families affected by rare and life-limiting illnesses in Copaceni, just south of Bucharest.
Graham Perolls, founder and executive director of the charity, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Emi is joining the Board. In his 29 years he has achieved amazing global success as a young entrepreneur and – in addition to Brainient – he has started up two other technology businesses and invested in various start-ups. As a Romanian, he knows about the challenges in his country of birth and now feels ready to give something back. I am sure he will bring so many valuable skills to the Board”
Emi Gal said: “I’m very excited about my involvement with Hospices of Hope and hope to be able to help Graham and his team make the Copaceni project a reality. Life is short, but for those whose lives are cut even shorter by illness, it is a privilege to be able to help make that time count.”
The Board of Honorary Patrons includes other well known Romanians such as chairman, Andrew Popper, Managing Director of Beauclerc Advisory Services, Sir George Iacobescu, CEO of Canary Wharf, and Princess Marina Sturdza.
The Patrons are helping to raise £1 million for the ‘Campaign for Copaceni’. A property has been donated by another well known Romanian family, the Florescus.
Ion Florescu, CEO of New Europe Capital, said: “Our family received back a property that was confiscated by the former communist regime and we wanted it to benefit a charity that cares for Romanian children.
“Hospices of Hope was the perfect match and we look forward to seeing it transformed into a centre that will meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of children who are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.”
The property is situated in beautiful rural area close to the capital and will provide a wonderful healing atmosphere for children and families who have to cope with severe hardships.
The property, which needs extensive renovation and adaptation, is comprised of six buildings; the main manor house will become a respite centre with 12 beds, there will be facilities for play therapy and educational activities, a day centre, activity workshops and a venue for summer camps.