Samantha Cameron hosts event for Kenton charity at 10 Downing Street
PUBLISHED: 14:39 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:54 19 May 2016
The Prime Minister’s wife held a special reception at 10 Downing Street to raise awareness of a charity based in Kenton which is celebrating its 40th birthday.
Facts about care at St Luke’s
• It costs more than £3million a year to keep the hospice open
• It is a charity and receivew less than a third of its funding from NHS sources
• It provides:
• 2,924 days of In-Patient Care each year
• More than 1,100 visits to patients at home from its community palliative care team
• Day care for an average of 40 patients each week
• 1,540 individual and 80 group complementary sessions each year
• 685 bereavement counselling sessions
• 1,502 sessions of psychosocial support for families and carers
Samantha Cameron hosted the event in support of St Luke’s Hospice in Kenton Road, which provides support and care for people with terminal or incurable illnesses from Brent and Harrow.
Mrs Cameron was joined by Robin Webb, St Luke’s CEO, Mike Redhouse, St Luke’s chairman, Lord Dolar Popat, a patron of the hospice and other supporters of the charity including CB Patel, publisher of Asian Voice.
The reception highlighted the charity’s work such as its single point of access service which gives patients, carers and health care professionals a number they can call 24 hours a day seven days a week for end of life care, advice and support. The hospice’s rapid response team can also provide emergency care at home to avoid patients being admitted unnecessarily to hospital when it is their wish to remain at their address.
Generous supporters have to date pledged £69,000 to help fund nurses and health care assistants to carry out emergency visits.
Mr Webb said: “We were absolutely delighted that Samantha Cameron agreed to host this very special event for some of our fantastic supporters.
“It was a real privilege to hold our reception at number 10 and our guests really enjoyed meeting Samantha, who was a natural host making everyone feel relaxed. Many of our guests had their own personal experience of the care and support St Luke’s had provided to family members, which had motivated them to support St Luke’s.
“It was an amazing evening and a once in a lifetime opportunity – thanks again to Samantha for hosting and to Lord Dolar Popat, one of our patrons, for arranging the event.”
Brendan Kilker’s wife, Christine was looked after by St Luke’s and his family were also supported
He said: “It was a lovely evening and it was a privilege to be there. I shook Samantha Cameron’s hand and spoke to her. She was very nice and approachable and it was very exciting to meet the Prime minister’s wife.
“St Luke’s need to raise over £3 million each year to provide their excellent service. This is why we do what we do to help the hospice raise the money they need.”
For more information about St Luke’s visit stlukes-hospice.org.