THE CHILDREN’S hub at the Shakespeare Hospice is set for a radical makeover thanks to a £9,000 cash injection from the Morrisons Foundation.
The Stratford hospice, which provides care to people with life-limiting conditions and their families, received the £9,380 donation from the supermarket chain’s charity grants pot, and will now put it towards refurbishing and equipping their specialist children’s area.
Jo Sparrow, children’s support practitioner, said: “We are delighted to receive funding from the Morrisons Foundation to purchase new equipment and furniture for our service. We have taken the opportunity to improve our facilities within our bespoke Children’s Hub and wanted to start replacing some of our furniture which over the years has become very worn.”
The cash will also be used to update the hospice’s IT equipment.
Ms Sparrow explained: “As a result of the pandemic, we quickly adapted our service offer virtually and recognised that we could extend our reach and tailor our services further by offering a hybrid approach. To do this we needed to fundraise for the IT and digital equipment to support this setup so children can be onsite or join us virtually if they prefer.
“The funding will help us create a fresh and welcoming environment for one-to-one or group support sessions and extend our service virtually, helping to future proof our service for children and young people who have been bereaved or facing the loss of a loved one,” she added.
Erin Fuller, from Morrisons Foundation, said: “Losing a loved one is something that is difficult for everyone, but for a child it can have such a traumatic impact.
“Being able to provide this much-needed donation to help Shakespeare Hospice offer the specialised and bespoke support to bereaved children really will make a huge difference and I’m very proud that the Morrisons Foundation has been able to help in such a meaningful way.”