Jewish Homes Emergency Appeal

11 Apr 2020

The UK’s three largest Jewish residential care home charities have come together in a historic landmark moment to help the most vulnerable older members of the Jewish community through the Covid-19 crisis by launching a joint emergency appeal.

As the Coronavirus bites harder, Jewish Care, Nightingale Hammerson and The Fed are asking the community to be there for those that need them most in their greatest hour of need.

Together with the National Association of Jewish Homes, collectively, the campaign aims to raise several million pounds in order to support their vital services during the national emergency. 

Jewish Care, Nightingale Hammerson and The Fed provide care homes for more members of the Jewish community across the UK than anyone else. Between them, they are currently caring for over a thousand older Jewish people day and night, many of whom have underlying health issues, which makes them very vulnerable to Covid-19.

In London, the South-East and Greater Manchester, the three charities have already made significant changes to the way they work. The three care home providers have already invested heavily in personal protective equipment to keep residents and staff safe and know that much more will soon be needed. They have also provided new technology to make sure that care home residents can make video calls to their loved now that visits are suspended.

Office staff have been redeployed to frontline caring roles, where they can make a huge difference and alleviate some of the pressures on other care staff.

Furthermore, as more and more older people from the community are discharged from hospital to free up NHS beds and cannot be looked after in their own homes, the three organisations must be there for them too and care for them in their care homes.

So far, under the most challenging of circumstances all three charities are managing to cope with the increased need, however, they all know that the situation is escalating further and more money is needed to continue to meet their vulnerable client group’s needs. Vital funds raised from the ‘Jewish Homes Emergency Appeal’ campaign will be split between the three care home providers with 10% being donated to smaller care homes across the community that are part of the National Association of Jewish Homes (NAJH).

The campaign is being supported by the JLC.

Donations can be made online by visiting bit.ly/jewishhomes or by cheques being sent to Jewish Homes Emergency Appeal, 221 Golders Green Road, London NW11 9DQ

Cheques to be made payable to ‘Jewish Homes Emergency Appeal’

Daniel Carmel-Brown, Chief Executive of Jewish Care says:

“These extraordinary times demand an extraordinary response from all of us, including our three organisations coming together in this way. Of course, we are all doing everything possible to keep all our residents safe and well in the current crisis. Our dedicated staff teams are working round the clock. We’re incredibly proud of them. We need our community to continue demonstrating their commitment too.”

Helen Simmons, Chief Executive of Nightingale Hammerson says:

“Never before have our care homes needed the community’s support like we do now. We are so grateful for all the support we have received so far to help keep us going, but in these challenging times, we need more people to come forward and show their support so we can continue to care for those that need it most”.

 Mark Cunningham, Chief Executive of The Fed says:

“We all need additional funding in order to keep up with the needs of our staff and those we care for. There is a huge gap between the funding we receive from local authorities and the actual cost of residential care, this will be put under even more pressure with hospitals needing to discharge. Between us, we need to raise several million pounds to keep our vital work going.

As the current chair of the National Association of Jewish Homes, I know that the 16 other care home organisations are in desperate need.  So, supporting the campaign really will be supporting the whole community.”