CV19 creates a community: from internally to externally focused
At the start of the Covid pandemic in 2020, Haberdasher Past Master Michael Jeans formed a support group within his apartment development especially for vulnerable residents.
After a few weeks, this internally focused group developed externally: the development is situated next door to St Mary's Paddington, which had seen hundreds of deaths, so an appeal was launched to provide some financial assistance to vulnerable patients and staff; many of whom were from very low income families. The funds were to be used for food, travel, accommodation, funeral expenses and essentials. They were specifically not to be used for medical equipment that should be paid for by the NHS.
Past Master Jeans started the appeal with a donation of £100 and target of £300. With £1,000 from the Master's matching scheme (Past Master Jeans donated another £1,000 himself) the money raised is now in excess of £9,000. Last week, Ian Lush, CEO of Imperial Health Charity which covers St Mary's, emailed to say:
"I just wanted to write you a quick note to say thank you for your amazing fundraising efforts for our Covid-19 appeal. Tracy has been keeping me in touch with it and I see that you are already over £9,000, which will make a real difference to our support of St Mary’s.
I have a connection to the Haberdashers as my oldest daughter Anna went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s before going on to Cambridge - she is now about to become Head of Music at a girls’ school in Wimbledon. So thank you again (and to all your many supporters), we really appreciate what you have done and will keep you informed about our work in St Mary’s and the rest of the Trust."
To donate, please go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/weqstmarys