Case Studies

Woman and smiling man dancing

FOTE

Friends of the Elderly (FOTE), a registered charity founded in 1905, is a care provider that runs care homes and community services in Bedfordshire, Dorset, Essex, Greater London, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Worcestershire.

Through their charitable work, they provide support for older people affected by loneliness and grants to those living on a low income. They work with partners to increase their impact and to raise awareness about the issues that affect us as we get older.

April 2018 saw FOTE become one of our Charity Partners with a £500K pledge made over five years to be used to match fund grants to elderly people in need.  Since its launch, the new partnership has enabled 420 grants to be made for basic essential household equipment such as white goods and furnishings.

Lois Walters, Engagement Hub Team Leader for Friends of The Elderly, said the partnership was already improving lives:

“The first six months of this partnership have been amazing.  Thank you so much to The ACT Foundation, who has allowed us to give away such a fantastic number of grants”.

Caroline Kendall, Operations Director of ACT said:

 “We believe that older people living with some form of disadvantage should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others.  We are delighted that so many people are enjoying a better quality of life thanks to these grants and we look forward to supporting many more people over the next five years”.

One of FOTE’s clients, a 90 year old gentleman who benefits from their befriending service said:

“It’s not just a cup of tea. It’s about being with people…and not sitting on my own all day. On your own most of the time, you go backwards – but I want to go forwards. (My volunteer) is so keen on music and so am I, we just clicked like that. We are on the same wavelength. That had been such a blessing to me. She really is so interesting. I feel so well in myself. I am so grateful. My life has begun!”

Presenting a huge cheque from Thames Hospice

Thames Hospice

Thames Hospice is a charity based in Windsor. They provide expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.

Thames Hospice care for the physical, social and psychological needs of their patients, not just the condition. Their highly skilled medical team works with the patient, their family and carers, to develop a complete programme of care to suit the individual’s needs. Their services include therapy, nursing and medical care, as well as practical and emotional support both in the hospice and in patients' homes.

It costs £8 million every year to keep the Hospice running and they are reliant on 70% of their income from charitable donations, which enables them to provide their services free of charge, 365 days a year, to the people who need them.

In 2008 ACT were pleased to able to help Thames Hospice with a £20K donation towards the re-location and refurbishment of their reception area. We have kept in touch with them and visited Thames Hospice in November to see their existing services and understand their need to expand to support the growing needs of our community. In January they met with our trustees to discuss their new build plans in more detail and we were delighted to award them £500,000 towards their £6M fundraising appeal as our main charitable support for 2018.

Mike Street, Chairman, said:

“ACT are delighted to have found such a project on our own doorstep. Our grant will fund the build and fit out cost of the Education and Learning Centre, a vital part of the Hospice that will provide palliative and end of life care training opportunities for healthcare professionals across the UK. Both ACT and Thames Hospice have a vision that all people living with a life limiting illness and their loved ones will be treated with dignity and have access to the best palliative end of life care possible. The new ACT Foundation Education Centre will help bring this vision closer to reality”.

The new hospice will have 28 inpatient beds in individual en-suite rooms and a new Day Centre, which will offer a wider range of therapeutic and social activities for outpatients and inpatients – doubling the Hospice’s day service provision. 

Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to have the support of the ACT Foundation as Founding Lifetime Patrons of the Capital Appeal. They have been supporting the Hospice for a number of years and we look forward to continuing this strong relationship in the future. The Education Centre will allow us to support others to provide the high quality care people deserve at end of life and ensure everyone within our community experiences quality of life, to the end of life.”

The new hospice project will cost circa £18M and Thames Hospice continue with their fundraising endeavours to raise the remaining £6M they require.