The Karen Ball Fund was originally set up to provide improved facilities for the care of the terminally ill in the county of Rutland.
After 27 years of fundraising to provide, medical equipment and practical help to support the people of Rutland the Trustees of the Fund decided at their January Meeting that the Fund should change to meet the changing needs of the local community.
The League of Friends of Rutland Hospitals have kindly agreed to oversee the Special Care Suite and it's adjoining garden at the Rutland Memorial Hospital.
For Rutland in Rutland Advisor based at Citizens Advice Rutland, which provides help and advice for those with long term medical conditions.
We will also continue to provide travel grants to cancer sufferers and those visiting family who are having in-hospital treatment for cancer. Those requiring practical help should contact the For Rutland In Rutland Advisor based at the Citizens Advice Rutland 56 High Street, Oakham.
Defibrillators in Rutland started by the fund in 2004. To date 36 defibrillators have been part funded by the Karen Ball Fund across Rutland
The funds’ Defibrillator Coordinator will continue to work with the The Community HeartBeat Trust to help fund state of the art defibrillators in Rutland.
In future the Fund will be administered by a small Board of Trustees, and will remain a Registered Charity (No.702572) monitored by the Charity Commission.