The Joe Glover Trust is a Hampshire based children’s cancer charity working with families and specialist children’s cancer units across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, West Sussex, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.
The Trust was formed in 2007 following the death of eight-year-old Joe Glover to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
What we do
All children living in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex will receive treatment at the specialist children’s cancer unit, the Piam Brown ward, at Southampton General Hospital. They will also receive treatment at their local shared care hospital such as Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth or Basingstoke, Poole, Salisbury Hospitals.
When a child is diagnosed, many parents are forced to give up work or take unpaid leave to take care of their sick child but, of course, the mortgage, council tax and other household bills don’t go away.
Whether it is helping with travel costs to hospital, helping with bills or sadly funeral costs, we want to help ease the financial burden faced at this very difficult time.
We help in several ways:
Our charity has been supporting children and their families at Piam Brown Ward since 2007 and has helped hundreds of families since then. Families of children can apply to The Joe Glover Trust for a financial grant.
To make sure your money gets to the families who need it, we work in conjunction with the Social Workers on the Piam Brown Ward. They provide the vital link between the families and the charity. The family’s needs are assessed and validated and a grant application made to the Trust.
During 2012, 83% of the grants we awarded were for help with household bills and travel expenses to families really struggling financially. Sadly 9 of these children lost their battle with cancer.
TV Equipment at Southampton General Hospital
In 2010, we kitted out each of the beds on Piam Brown Ward with the latest multimedia package of plasma TVs, laptops and X boxes.
We funded the refurbishment of the Parents Room on Piam Brown Ward with the help from John Lewis Partnership in Southampton to give parents an area on the ward to rest and relax away from the hustle and clinical environment of the ward.
We purchased 3 TV’s with DVD’s for Northbrook Ward at Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
iPad Loan Scheme
We established an iPad Loan Scheme where children can borrow an iPad from the Trust on a long term loan to distract them from the pain and endless hospital routines or the boredom of very long days and nights as well as ensuring they can keep in touch with friends via Facebook, email, etc.
These can be used whilst they are in hospital receiving treatment, or if they need to travel to a different specialist hospital as not all hospitals have the same facilities for children, or the tablets can be used at home.
Children receiving chemotherapy are at an increased risk of infection as their immune system is weakened and sometimes they need to be treated in an isolation room on the ward. The tablets are easy to clean as sometimes children cannot play with toys or read books as these cannot be cleaned or sterilised in the same way. Most children may need to stay in hospital for weeks, if not months, due to their diagnosis.
Days Out Programme
We have developed a Days Out Programme where children and their families can escape for a few days from everything else going on. Last year, families went to see The Lion King, Shrek the Musical and had a day out on the Watercress Line.