Local children’s hospice faces fight for its future

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A carer with a sick child

With the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice is facing a fight for its future. The charity, which supports seriously unwell children and their families in North and Central London and Hertsmere, is facing an income shortfall of more than £2m this year – over half of its projected income.

A carer with a sick child
The charity is asking the community for their support. Photo: Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Noah’s Ark is calling on its community to come to its aid, as cancelled fundraising events and activities have left the charity with a battle to fund its work. The children supported by the charity are immuno-compromised and therefore particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

The charity recently opened the doors of The Ark, its state-of-the-art hospice building in North London. With the beds crisis in the NHS, The Ark’s in-patient unit offers a welcome support to the health service with 11 beds for children facing social or clinical emergencies.

The hospice building
The charity recently opened in North London. Photo: Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Sophie Andrews OBE, CEO of Noah’s Ark is concerned about the implications of coronavirus on the charity. She said: “We’re all worried. But imagine if your son or daughter is seriously unwell; the threat of coronavirus is desperate and immediate for those we support. Coronavirus is life-threatening for every single one of them. We’re concerned about how we’re going to support these children through coronavirus and beyond. Our community has been a bastion of generosity in the past and we’re once again calling on them to rally around for their local children’s hospice.”

To support Noah’s Ark’s coronavirus appeal, visit noahsarkhospice.org.uk/coronavirus