News Corp’s UK-based News Corp Giving philanthropic initiative was established earlier this year to support communities in which UK-based staff – those from News UK, HarperCollins UK and Dow Jones – live and work.
Yesterday, £100,000 of funding was distributed to a number of charities, following nominations for recipients by staff and a staff vote.
CHAS, which was nominated by Jan Dickson and Karen Watt, plans to use the donation to support its Clown Doctors programme. Clown Doctors are a professional team of performers who visit the hospice once a week to bring relief and respite to children, encouraging communication, interaction and laughter.
Gill Levy, relationship manager for CHAS, commented: “We’re so grateful for this very generous donation from the News Corp Giving project and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that voted for us.
“Donations like this make a huge difference, £10,000 will help us pay to have Clown Doctors visit families and spread some fun and laughter throughout Robin House every week for a whole year!”
St Christopher’s Hospice was nominated by Hannah Syrocki after they cared for her mum following a cancer diagnosis. Explaining how the hospice provided support for her whole family, Hannah explained: “Their work not only allowed my mum to spend her final moments in her own home with dignity, surrounded by her loved ones, but they helped a grieving husband and three devastated teenage daughters cope with a life changing situation.”
St Christopher’s Hospice plans to use the donation to deliver eight of its ‘Planning for change’ seminars, which provide those near the end of life the skills, knowledge and confidence to deal with their changing financial circumstances at a time of great upheaval and stress.
“I am so grateful to News Corp staff for choosing to support St Christopher’s,” commented the hospice’s welfare officer Laura Bechelet.
“It means that funding for our seminars is secure for a further 12 months and we will be able to continuing helping patients and their families with their financial concerns, whilst also identifying other areas that may need to be addressed to ensure the future wellbeing of others under our care.”