The WPA Charitable Foundation´s roots go back to 1940 when the Western Provident Association was known as the Bristol Hospital Fund. The Charity is registered with the Charity Commission: http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk.
The role of the WPA Charitable Foundation is to support and assist families in financial distress with profoundly ill children and other related projects promoting the good health of children. These children, more often than not, require intensive specialised treatment far from home, often for days or weeks at a time. The Charity provides essential help with travelling and accommodation costs - that makes so much difference in these deeply distressing circumstances. More recently, the Charity has funded the purchase of state-of-the-art surgical equipment for Musgrove Park Hospital, part of the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.
Sadly, it is not possible to apply directly for assistance - the Charity relies upon a network, established over many years, of Social Services Officers and healthcare professionals to bring essential, documented cases to the attention of our grants team.
If you would like to make a donation or need further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to our direct charitable endeavours, WPA has a formal policy that grants two fully paid days of Charity-Work leave to all members of staff, to be spent on any local charitable causes of their choice.
Here are some real examples from the last twelve months that demonstrate the help and support that we provide (names have been changed to preserve anonymity):