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The Biedronka Foundation will allocate PLN 3 million for hospices

Fundacja Biedronki przeznaczy 3 mln zł dla hospicjów

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The Biedronka Foundation supports hospices

The Biedronka Foundation has decided to support hospices even more strongly, which are a very important support for both seriously and terminally ill people and their loved ones. However, their availability is still insufficient, especially in smaller urban centers and rural areas. Recognizing the challenges hospices face in raising funds to run their activities, the Biedronka Foundation launched the "Breath for Hospices" project. The financial support provided to selected facilities will allow them to focus on the most important element of their activities, i.e. helping the sick and suffering.

– We have been working with hospices for over 4 years. During this time, we have gotten to know these places very thoroughly and understand the special social role they play. They are places where people can live the last days of their lives with dignity and beauty. Our project will help staff provide patients with the best possible conditions. Hospices will receive grants from us of up to PLN 250,000. PLN, which will certainly relieve their budgets and improve their ability to provide professional help – says Katarzyna Scheer, president of the Biedronka Foundation.

Hospices still need support

According to the Central Statistical Office data for 2022, there were 222 hospice and palliative facilities in Poland, which had 4.5 thousand. beds. They provided assistance to almost 41.7 thousand people. patients (16.7% more than in 2021), with over half of those treated – 54.8%. (22.9 thousand people, 16.6 percent more) stayed in inpatient hospices. Despite the growing number of facilities and beds, many people are still waiting for a place in a hospice facility.

– Hospices still need support, even if their daily activities are balanced. A large group of organizations provide care to people in need and at the end of life, including those outside the National Health Fund's table. Another major cost challenge for institutions is computerization, the need to employ additional people and the costs of purchasing new equipment or renovating the facility. In order to provide comprehensive service, we also provide support for home caregivers, care for bereaved families, and we undertake educational campaigns among children, youth and seniors, and these are other elements that generate additional costs. We, as representatives of non-governmental organizations, are looking for support in various grants. The one from the Biedronka Foundation reads our pains and needs very well and can be a real support for our activities, as well as an impulse to develop and strengthen the organization – comments Dr. Paweł Grabowski, president of the Prophet Elijah Hospice Foundation, about the "Breath for Hospices" program.

Institutions will be able to use the funds obtained for expenses related to:

  • current activities of the hospice (e.g. purchase of medicines and medical materials, purchase of cleaning and hygiene products),
  • purchasing hardware or software,
  • institutional development of the hospice,
  • modernization or renovation of a hospice facility (applies to stationary hospices),
  • additional activities for seriously and terminally ill people and their families.

Who can apply for the program and how?

Non-governmental and church organizations, as well as legal entities with OPP status running inpatient and home hospices for adults can apply to participate in the program. Priority in granting funds will be given to facilities operating in towns with a population of up to 200,000. inhabitants.

Recruitment for the program takes place on the Portal for Organizations prepared by the Biedronka Foundation and lasts until July 22, 2024. Registration in the system allows you to apply for the Foundation's social programs, provide ongoing administrative support for the programs, as well as settle programs and update data.

The Biedronka Foundation was established in April 2020. It undertakes initiatives to counteract poverty, malnutrition, loneliness and social exclusion of older people and to protect health. So far, it has allocated over PLN 11 million to support hospices.

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