UK’s oldest hospice awarded £107,000 grant from City Bridge Trust to expand dementia service

Royal Trinity Hospice (RTH), the UK’s oldest hospice, which has provided end of life care for over 125 years, has been granted £107,000 from City Bridge Trust to expand its Community Dementia Service.

The hospice, located in Clapham, provides skilled compassionate care and support to people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses and their families.

The funding will enable RTH to expand its Community Dementia Service to Hammersmith and Fulham and provide a dedicated permanent service in Kensington and Chelsea.

City Bridge Trust is London’s biggest independent grant giver and the charitable arm of the City of London Corporation. It grants £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.

Dementia is a condition that affects about 800,000 people in the UK. RTH plays a vital role in ensuring people living with dementia, experience excellent end-of-life care and offers a support service for carers.

Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:

“Royal Trinity Hospice is doing vital work in supporting people with Dementia across seven London boroughs.

“Dementia is the main cause of death for women in the UK and this grant will mean more Londoners will have access to the support they need.“We are committed to supporting Londoners to make the capital a fairer place to live and work.”

Dallas Pounds, RTH Chief Executive, added:

“Reducing health inequalities for people with dementia is a key priority for us and this award will help us ensure we can reach more people who need our help at home in west London.

“We look forward to working with other stakeholders in the area to ensure everyone living with dementia, and their carer’s, receive the best possible care as they approach the end of their lives.”

City Bridge Trust has awarded around 7,500 grants totalling over £360 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.