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Help at last for young adults
A long-serving nurse in the community team at Saint Francis Hospice has been successful in persuading an Ilford-based charity foundation to donate more than £10,000 to develop a support group for young adults affected by a life-limiting illness.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Eleanor Singh (pictured) from Hutton who has worked for the hospice's community team for more than 13 years made the application to the Jack Petchey Foundation earlier this year and was delighted to hear news of the award.
"I have a passion for looking after young adults and have long been concerned that for many young people affected by a life-limiting illness there is little or no support in the community from healthcare professionals for these young people and their families. They have outlived children's services and need to transition into adult services," said Eleanor Singh.
The grant of £10,310 is primarily to fund the start-up costs of a support group designed to help young adults aged between 14 and 25. Part of the money will be used to fund the work of a CNS and a youth worker with the balance used to pay for transport, refreshments, a defibrillator and promotion of the availability of the new service.
Jack Petchey CBE said: "The Jack Petchey Foundation was established to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. Since then it has invested £100 million in a wide range of 2,000 youth initiatives across London and Essex. We are very pleased to now help Saint Francis Hospice establish a support group that will help young people and their families cope with life living with a life-limiting illness."