The Malta Independent 14 December 2018, Friday

Alfred Mizzi Foundation will be generously assisting Hospice Malta

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 11:08 Last update: about 5 months ago
Julian Sammut and Ms. Maria Gatt during the presentation of The Alfred Mizzi Foundation's sponsorship.
Julian Sammut and Ms. Maria Gatt during the presentation of The Alfred Mizzi Foundation's sponsorship.

The Alfred Mizzi Foundation will be generously assisting Hospice Malta through the sponsorship of two palliative care services for the next 3 years. These donations will support Hospice to continue providing and promoting the highest standards of palliative care to persons with serious illnesses, whilst also supporting their families and carers.

The €54,000 sponsorship over a period of 3 years will be covering the expenses of the Day Therapy/Hydrotherapy Services and the After Hours On-Call service. These services are used by Hospice registered patients on a daily basis.

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The Day therapy services provide a relief from social isolation for the patient and respite/peace of mind for family members. Run by the Day therapy Coordinator with the support of a number of volunteers, the unit provides a number of therapeutic sessions and social activities, such as group and individual physiotherapy, group discussions and therapy through crafts, outings, sharing coffee breaks etc. The wellbeing of Day therapy patients is also targeted through hairdressing, complementary therapy and beautician service. Transport services are also provided by Hospice so as to further lessen the burden on relatives.

The Alfred Mizzi Foundation will also be supporting the After Hours On-call service. This service ensures continuity of care through after-hours support to patients 7 days a week. It helps patients and/or relatives receive practical nursing advice and information regarding medication, symptom management and proper use of equipment loaned by Hospice as part of their comprehensive nursing care plan. The service helps avoid unnecessary hospitalization helping to reduce the burden on Mater Dei Hospital.

"We are extremely grateful that the Alfred Mizzi Foundation has chosen to assist us. As a voluntary, non-profit organisation we truly value the generous support of corporate organisations whose social responsibility efforts give so much needed support to organisations like ours. We have embarked to undertake an ambitious project which will ultimately deliver St Michael's Hospice to the people of Malta and Gozo. It is an immense challenge, not least a financial one - and we are truly appreciative of the commitment of the Alfred Mizzi Foundation to support us over the next three years so that we can deliver on our promise of high quality palliative care", Hospice Malta's Chairperson, Maria Gatt said.

Julian Sammut on behalf of The Alfred Mizzi Foundation said that he is very pleased that the Foundation is in a position to help Hospice. The Alfred Mizzi Foundation wants to be a part of Hospice's journey to improve the lives of people with serious illnesses. He also stressed the important role that Corporate companies can play in helping provide the wider community with services like that of Hospice. Private Companies have a responsibility to give back to the wider community."

Funds for Hospice Malta have till now depended mostly on donations from the general public and on-going fund-raising activities organised throughout the year but the new mega project has given the level of funding a new dimension.

Hospice Malta is currently looking for corporate sponsors to help with their St.Michael's Hospice Project [https://hospicemalta.org/st-michaels-hospice/] and to support their other services [https://hospicemalta.org/for-patients/services/]

If you would like to support Hospice Malta as a Corporate Sponsor, HR Activity Organiser, Volunteer, Member or Fundraising activity organiser kindly contact Hospice Malta on +356 21440085/6 or email [email protected] [link: mailto: [email protected] ]

 

 


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