Message from our Chair of Trustees, Marilyn Boggust and Executive Director, Graham Perolls
2019 was a very positive year for Hospices of Hope.
As you will see from this review the year was one of both progress and consolidation. It was a real joy to see the children and young people benefitting from the children’s therapy and respite centre at Copaceni. Their excitement and enthusiasm have made the manor house come alive.
It was also a privilege to witness the positive impact that the new day centre in Serbia is having on cancer sufferers in Belgrade. It is the first such centre in the country and the close relationship that exists between staff and patients is heartwarming.
Funding obtained through us has transformed the five hospice teams in Moldova. There was a significant increase in the numbers of seriously ill people receiving services and the teams now have suitable medical supplies and equipment. The launch of a new project in Albania also went well, despite the huge difficulties faced by the country following the earthquake towards the end of the year.
At the start of 2020 we were aware that there were challenges ahead – particularly financial issues in Romania. But like so many other charities the corona virus pandemic has brought us into a completely new world where we find ourselves fighting for our very existence at a time when vulnerable patients need our services the most.
At this stage of the crisis three things stand out:
• The tremendous support that we have received to our COVID 19 Appeal from supporters both individual and corporate
• The devastating human cost that this virus is having
• The amazing courage and humanity that the staff in our hospice teams are displaying
On behalf of the Trustees we would like to thank all our volunteers, supporters, staff and sponsors for the hard work and support they continue to provide to Hospices of Hope and our country partners. The staff continue to do all they can for vulnerable, precious people, and your support makes this possible.
Marilyn Boggust – Chair of Hospices of Hope’s Trustees
Graham Perolls – Executive Director Hospices of Hope
About the Charity
Hospices of Hope developed from very small beginnings into a leading palliative and hospice care organization in South East Europe. Since 1992, we have facilitated care for more than 40,000 patients in Romania, Moldova and Serbia and have trained more than 20,000 health care professionals from all over Central and Eastern Europe. However, much work is still to be done as there are still many vulnerable countries and groups of beneficiaries that desperately need care and do not receive it.
Hospices of Hope in the USA
The support we have received from the US has been humbling, we were incredibly inspired by people who donated money, time and skills to an organization offering services thousands of miles away from where they live and we have responded by opening a small office in Nyack, New York, thanks to the amazing support of Dr Ronna McHammond. Ronna still runs our US branch of Hospices of Hope.
One of the most important components of our activity in the US has been, from the beginning, the transfer of know how to the country where we operate, good practice, empowering nurses etc. It all started with a project with the Rhode Island and Boston University.
At the moment we are using the skills, experience and knowledge of organizations like Cedars Sinai in LA, Stanford University or Mott Hospital in Michigan which arepioneering and piloting the usage of technology in therapy.
Find out more about our work.