NFU Mutual Agents and their staff at the local Canterbury and Sittingbourne agency are delighted to have nominated the local Demelza Hospice Care for Children, to receive a donation of over £3,000 from a national £1m ‘Agency Giving Fund’ launched by NFU Mutual’s Head Office.
In light of the national emergency this country is facing, NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, has allocated £1m to help local frontline charities at this difficult time.
To help ensure this support reaches all corners of the UK, NFU Mutual has reached out to its Appointed Representative network of local Agents. Consisting of circa 300 independent Agency businesses and 9 NFU Mutual Branches, each have been given the opportunity to nominate a handful of local charities to receive a share of this fund.
Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides specialist care and emotional support for children with terminal conditions and their families throughout Kent, South East London and East Sussex. Their work is a lifeline to over 750 children, young people and families, even more so in the current pandemic.
The children have a range of different conditions, some of which are so rare, they have no name and are among the most vulnerable people in society. With very complex needs, the children are highly susceptible to infection and families have been isolated at home for over 12 weeks and many will continue to remain so for the foreseeable future to protect their children. For families struggling with the demands of long-term shielding with children with very complex needs, Demelza is a lifeline now and will continue to be once restrictions ease.
This donation will allow Demelza to continue to offer end of life services and urgent clinical care, as well as emergency respite, care in the home where it is safe to do so and online therapy services now and in the future as the world begins to open up and demand for services increases.
Since the outbreak of Coronavirus, Demelza has also been caring for children who would otherwise be in hospital and with particularly vulnerable health conditions, accepting cases from the London and Kent hospitals, working alongside NHS colleagues in a time of national emergency. NFU Mutual’s donation will help Demelza to continue to support the NHS for the foreseeable future.
James Hodge, Senior Agent at NFU Mutual Canterbury and Sittingbourne, said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on everybody, including our customers and their local communities. Demelza Hospice Care for Children is making a wonderful difference to our community in these challenging times, and we are proud to have been able to nominate this local charity to benefit from NFU Mutual’s national fund.”
Mary Haisman, Senior Corporate Partnerships Executive for Demelza Hospice Care for Children, said: “A huge thank you to NFU Mutual for choosing Demelza to benefit from their national emergency fund. As a charity, we’re almost entirely dependent on the generosity of our supporters to provide the funds that keep our services going and our income has taken a significant hit as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. This generous donation will really support our families later this year when they’re going to need us the most. We are so grateful”