The Paul Sartori Foundation, a charity offering hospice at home care, has been given a financial donation from the Port of Milford Haven which will fund its clinical running costs for a week.
The charity is continuing to offer clinical services, working alongside the NHS, to help with the discharge of patients providing equipment and specialist care in their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, they have found themselves in a vulnerable position as their shops are currently closed and fundraising events have been cancelled, meaning 60% of their revenue has been lost.
Anna Malloy, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Manager at the Port, said “We have formed close ties with the Paul Sartori Foundation since our staff voted them as our ‘charity of the year’ in 2017 and several staff voiced their eagerness to help the charity, having had personal experience of their professional service. We really wanted to help in some small way, especially as much of their means of fundraising have disappeared.”
In addition to the corporate donation, staff at the Port are finding new ways to raise money for the charity and have set up a Just Giving page where people can donate funds: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/port-of-milford-haven-team2
David Evans, Vice Chair of the Paul Sartori Foundation and Chair of the Audit and Finance Sub-committee, said “During these difficult times we are working very closely with Hywel Dda University Health Board in the care of patients living in the later stages of life. We have seen our hours spent caring for patients in their own homes rise by 25% year on year. We have always provided such a valuable service to families in Pembrokeshire and will continue to do so with such fantastic support from businesses like the Port.”
The Paul Sartori Foundation was established back in 1981 and is now a vital support service in Pembrokeshire to those in the later stages of any life-limiting illness. The team provides care to patients and support to families 365 days of the year, operating on a 24/7 on-call basis. At the start of April, 30 patients received 348 hours of care over a one-week period and during the past fortnight 52 items of equipment have been delivered to 25 patients to promote dignity and independence throughout the end of life period.
Photo caption: Members of the Paul Sartori Foundation nursing team
Notes to Editors
Port of Milford Haven
The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s top energy port and Wales’ busiest port handling around 20% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas. It is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK.
The Port, along with the cluster of energy-related businesses along the Waterway, is a key driver of economic activity in Pembrokeshire, attracting inward investment and supporting over 4,000 jobs.
The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Pembroke Port and Milford Dock. Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first class marina are spread across these two sites.
One of the most prominent on the West Coast, the Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain. It is marked as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities. Additionally, the Port provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes. All profits are retained within the business to fund these objectives.
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