Our Mission and Values
Summary of the Charity’s Objectives
To alleviate the suffering of children with terminally ill or life limiting conditions by providing home care support free of charge, primarily with funds for the Children's Hospice at Home paediatric nursing team, which is managed by Rennie Grove Hospice Care, and also with grants to meet specific care needs.
We have referred to the guidance contained in the Charity Commission’s general guidance on public benefit when reviewing our aims and objectives and in planning our future activities.
The Pepper Foundation funds the nursing team with a grant to Rennie Grove Hospice Care, which employs the nurses and the family support team. We currently pay for seven nurses and three family support team posts.
The children's nursing service is available free of charge to members of the public living within the Chilterns area of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire who meet the referral criteria. The referral criteria are as follows:
Children and young people (up to 19 years) with a life limiting or life threatening condition e.g.
- conditions for which curative treatment may fail
- conditions where premature death is anticipated but intensive treatment may prolong life
- progressive conditions without curative treatment options
- conditions causing severe neurological disability leading to susceptibility of health complications and likelihood of premature death.
To enable the charity to raise the funds for the nursing team, the Trustees have developed a wide and varied income stream to maximise fundraising opportunities and sustain fundraising momentum. The balance of this strategy is continually reviewed and rebalanced depending on the relative success of different initiatives.
This income stream is currently spread across the following main activities:
- a dedicated fundraiser identifies major new fundraising opportunities, both in collaboration with other organisations or customised specifically for Pepper.
- the charity has a pre-planned and closely monitored activity to obtain financial support from charitable trusts and other grant making organisations, specifically those who help children.
- the charity aims to connect with organisations and groups who choose a charity of the year, such as mayors in the Chilterns, Golf Clubs, Rotary Clubs, local businesses, church groups etc, and make them aware of the Pepper Foundation and consequently achieve a high success rate when a choice is made.
Individuals and groups which are planning a sponsored activity to raise money for a charity are also encouraged to support the Pepper Foundation, through good communications and sponsorship packs.
Local events are supported by a dedicated Pepper fundraising group - to both raise the profile of the charity and raise additional funds. The flagship event in the calendar has been the annual Pepper Rock Show which in 2013 celebrated its 25th year. The charity also supports organisations that arrange their own events and which fundraise on our behalf - for example the Berkhamsted Rotary Half Marathon and Fun Run, which regularly attracts over 2000 runners, and the annual Eastwood’s Pepper Golf Day.