The Lewis Foundation
The Lewis Foundation source, package and hand deliver gift packs for free to adult cancer patients in hospitals in the Midlands and the community weekly. These are items that patients might find difficult to buy themselves or simply cannot afford – and that bring people happiness and comfort at a difficult time. For many people in hospital and the community, volunteers from The Lewis Foundation are their only regular visitors.
Lorraine and Lee Lewis (charity founders) were so moved when Lee's mum was hospitalised with cancer at Northampton General Hospital that it led them to set up a charity.
Recognising the fear, upset and loneliness faced by individuals undergoing cancer treatment and their loved ones, they were determined that their charity would make a real difference. They sourced donations, packaged, and delivered gifts for patients on oncology wards. That was April 2016 – when The Lewis Foundation was born.
Today with a team of 50 community volunteers, The Lewis Foundation has grown from delivering 80 gift packs to one hospital, to delivering over 2,500 to eight hospitals in the Midlands every month. They are Milton Keynes University Hospital, Northampton General Hospital, BMI Three Shires – Northampton, Bedford Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Luton & Dunstable Hospital, Kettering Hospital and Nottingham University Hospital.
How it works: A patient picks a gift pack of their choice from our gift list. Packs range from toiletries, puzzle books and care packs. Once the gift is received, it is free to keep with nothing expected in return.
To find out more or to donate to benefit cancer patients at Nottingham University Hospitals, please visit: www.thelewisfoundation.co.uk