Why The Lewis Foundation?
Bernie was made aware of the Lewis Foundation during the pandemic and had brief discussions with the co-Founder, Lorraine. She was immediately drawn to the authenticity and simplicity of the vision and core mission…happiness. Bringing happiness in whatever form that translates when supplying their beneficiaries’ needs, is integral to the Lewis Foundation and in my opinion, is extremely admirable . The core values of Bernie Davies Global are also authenticity, integrity and happiness…happiness within ourselves and sharing that with others, through the gift of empowerment. It was therefore only a matter of time for her to get alongside such an organisation’s efforts. “Now is the time for us to support in a significant way and partner with this incredible Charity. It is our privilege to do so,” says Bernie.
National Business Women’s Awards – The Lewis Foundation Speech.
About the Lewis Foundation
At The Lewis Foundation they source, package and hand deliver gift packs for free to adult cancer patients in hospitals in the Midlands weekly. These are items that patients might find difficult to buy themselves or simply cannot afford – and that brings people happiness and comfort at a difficult time. For many people in hospital, our volunteers are their only regular visitors.
Lorraine Lewis and her husband Lee 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 to patients on oncology wards. That was April 2016 – when The Lewis Foundation was born.
Today with a team of 50 volunteers and community supporters, The Lewis Foundation has grown from delivering 80 gift packs to one hospital, to delivering around 2000 gifts per month to 15 hospitals in the Midlands per month.
How it works in the hospital, is that patients pick a gift pack of their choice from our gift trolley and there are 29 different packs to pick from. Packs range from toiletries, puzzle books and miniature radios. Once the gift is received, they then spend time with people to reduce loneliness.
Due to their work with businesses/wholesalers and members of the public, fundraising 1 gift costs £3.60. A really simple way to make a huge difference.
- Hello! Inspiration Awards 2021 – #HELLOTOKINDNESS
- Prime Minister Point of Light Award 2020
- The Independent Newspaper Happy List 2020
- British Citizen Award 2020 for services to Healthcare