The money raised at the ball will go towards the building of new hospice facilities in Bucharest that will provide free services to patients and train medical professionals in palliative care.
More than 300 guests, including royalty,celebrities and business people attended the 1920’s themed event in Bucharest on 17 November helping to raise an amazing 130,000 euros. The highlight of the evening was the auction of a torch from the London Olympic Games which raised 15,000 euros.
Graham Perolls, president of Hospice Casa Sperantei, presented the annual “Hospice Champion” award to Princess Marina Sturdza, who he said had been a faithful ambassador for the charity over the past 15 years. Princess Marina spoke powerfully about how communism had deleted the memory of philanthropy in Romania and how important it was to reengage with civil society. She urged everyone to support the new hospice, which, she said, would bring immeasurable relief to thousands of dying patients in Bucharest.
Construction work has already started on Hospice Casa Sperantei’s new palliative care facility in Bucharest. The site, on the shores of lake Plumbuita, provides a serene setting for the building that will house the in-patient unit, out-patient clinic and day care centre for adults faced with life-threatening illnesses.
A property in Adunatii Copaceni has been donated by the Florescu family for use as a children’s centre.
The two sites will extend Hospice Casa Sperantei’s free-of-charge services in Bucharest and enable hundreds more patients to receive desperately needed specialist care and their families to be given necessary support.
The new hospice will also be an important teaching centre where medical and social care professionals from the whole region will be able to participate in courses licensed by the Romanian college of Physicians and the Order of Nurses, Midwives and Medical Assistants in Romania.
So far over 3.4 million euros has been raised for the project– a further 1.9 million is needed to complete the project.
For more information visit Hospice Casa Sperantei’s website.