Towards the end of last year, we were pleased to be working alongside our parent company, Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T), to facilitate a series of donations to several remarkable charities.
In a year where good news was in short supply, we were delighted to have donated to three very worthy causes. And thanks to the hard work of our colleagues, we're happy to report that the payments were made just in time for the festive period.
We caught up with the recipients of the donations from Gazprom Energy - Rainbow Trust, Francis House, and 42nd Street to learn about what it will mean for the people they work hard to support...
Rainbow Trust, a charity providing emotional and practical support to families of children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses, stated that the families they support are more vulnerable and isolated than ever due to the pandemic. Our donation enables them to continue their services for those with seriously ill children at a time when uncertainties around the world have caused fundraising to take a hit.
Commenting on what the donation means for the Rainbow Trust, a representative for the charity said: "This donation will help fund the work of our family support workers, who provide families with emotional and practical support. Caring for a child with a life-threatening or terminal condition brings a high degree of stress and anxiety to a family at any time.
“But since the onset of Covid-19, families have faced new challenges on top of existing pressures. This donation will help to provide free services to those who desperately need us, reducing stress, improving emotional wellbeing, supporting fragile mental health, and reducing feelings of loneliness for the children and families we help to support.”
Meanwhile, Francis House Children's Hospice, a charity providing respite and end-of-life care for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses, had this to say about their donation: “We're absolutely delighted to receive such a generous donation from Gazprom Energy. The support couldn’t have come at a better time after such a difficult year for the charity – and a time when emotional support is especially vital to help young people cope with additional pressures caused by the pandemic.
“With the money, we plan to expand and develop our emotional support programme for the siblings of young people we care for. It can be a worrying time for such siblings, who face their own struggles and fears surrounding their brother or sister's condition.
“This gift will allow us to work regularly and closely with these people, ensuring their concerns are heard and their feelings are expressed in a relaxed, supportive environment.”
The donation allows Francis House to fund 10 group support sessions for siblings, 16 group bereavement support sessions for siblings, and a fun weekend camping trip too.
Providing support for young people struggling with their mental health and wellbeing, 42nd Street play a vital role in reaching out to vulnerable youngsters. Commenting on their donation, the team said: “We're so grateful for the kind donation from Gazprom Energy. These have been, and remain, difficult times for young people – especially those with feelings of isolation and uncertainty for the future. Your generosity makes it possible for us to continue to support them creatively, so that they can safely express themselves, and make crucial connections in their lives.
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"This donation will directly contribute to frontline staff supporting young people with our creative work, an endeavour which has been critical for supporting some of our most vulnerable young people who are feeling isolated right now. These young people will be able to continue taking part in creative groups online, aided by creative packs and materials sent to their homes, to ensure they feel connected in ways that allow them to plan for the future.”
The three Gazprom Energy donations were part of over £80,000 that GM&T donated last year. GM&T is proud to have supported an additional six not-for-profit organisations in the healthcare sector, alongside donating to the Gift of Life foundation. They also provided financial support to Regents Place Foundation, a local social initiative providing care for homeless young people in London; the ArtSocial Foundation who arrange art therapy sessions for young patients at St Mary's Hospital; the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, as well as Alzheimer’s Society and Allergy UK charitable foundations.
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