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Cash boost for new HIV service
Posted on: March 21 2010, 09:05 pm

A planned new HIV centre at Homerton Hospital has received a generous cash boost with the donation of £150,000 by the City-based charitable organisation, The Schroder Foundation.

The hospital’s Positive Life campaign is seeking to raise £6 million for the new facility which will provide a comprehensive clinical, research and support service for local people affected by HIV and their families.

Numbers of HIV positive patients seen by the hospital has doubled in the past 10 years and the new centre will enable doctors to address patients’ clinical needs whilst also providing on-site support services to help address their emotional, social and practical needs.

The Schroder family has a long history of philanthropy and support for migrant communities in the East End. Baron Sir John Henry Schroder was Treasurer of the German Hospital in Dalston Road, Hackney from its opening in 1843 until his death in 1910.

Baron Sir John Henry also saved the German Hospital from closure during the 1870’s by personally paying off all of its debts.

Baron Bruno Schroder subsequently became Chairman of the German Hospital and his son, Helmut Schroder also took the position after him.

The German Hospital was amalgamated with the Mothers’, Eastern and Hackney Hospitals to create Homerton Hospital in 1986

The German Hospital opened in Hackney in 1845. At the time, many German immigrants lived and worked in very poor conditions in east London. The young Florence Nightingale visited the hospital on more than one occasion and was inspired to train to become a nurse herself. The German Hospital closed its doors in 1987 when its services were transferred to Homerton Hospital. Homerton Hospital presented The Schroder Foundation with an historic picture from the German Hospital days as a mark of thanks for the donation.

The picture, taken outside the German Hospital in 1926, was discovered in the hospital archives.

Chairman of The Schroder Foundation, Mr Bruno L Schroder said: “I am delighted that my family’s charitable foundation is able to continue our tradition of supporting health services in east London. We hope that our support will encourage others to make a contribution towards this very worthy appeal for improved facilities at the Homerton”.

Hospital Chief Executive, Nancy Hallett said: “The Schroder Foundation’s generous donation of £150,000 is a significant boost to our fundraising campaign. We are truly thankful to the trustees.”

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