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Helping to make a difference: companies in St. Petersburg come to aid of families experiencing hardship

23 April 2020
Помощь во благо: петербургские компании помогают людям в сложной ситуации

«We shall always stand with families whose children are suffering from grave, incurable diseases. We stand with them so that together we can overcome adversity, provide support during painful moments, and help all family members live a full life, speak to one another, and value each and every day.»

The Roscongress Foundation, together with its partner RC Event Management, are taking steps to support people in need in St. Petersburg during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past two years, the Foundation has supported the St. Petersburg Children’s Hospice, and despite the current crisis, is continuing to provide financial aid. In turn, RC Event Management has launched a programme to support multi-child families in the city.

«Care, charity, and social responsibility are not empty words or a show of bravado — they are our duty,» said Alexander Stuglev, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Roscongress Foundation.

The St. Petersburg Children’s Hospice was the first institution of its kind to open in Russia. Its history dates back to 2003, when people would come to the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral in the hope that they would get help for their gravely ill children. Today, it incorporates several organizations providing palliative care, as well as social, psychological, and spiritual support for children and family members.

Patients at the hospice are among the most vulnerable people in the city, and rely the most on help from society. As the economic situation has worsened as a result of the coronavirus and the self-isolation measures put in place, these people have begun to suffer.

The hospice’s management has already had to close one facility in the district of Olgino and reduce pay to its workers. The hospice is temporarily unable to accept volunteers, and medical professionals, psychologists, and social workers are going above and beyond their usual duties to run leisure and developmental activities for the children. Staff members at the hospice are doing everything they can to preserve the quality of life of the children in their care, as well as of family members.

Today, the hospice needs money to pay for doctors, psychologists, and other specialists. Its expenses also include food, medicine, and sanitary goods for patients at its facilities and at home. In addition, protective masks and disinfectants are needed.

RC Event Management has provided 48 food parcels to multi-child families in need across St. Petersburg. «We now need to all come together. We cannot stand by and abandon those who are in a difficult situation. The decision we have taken is about collective support and sending out the message that we are united. We would like to invite everyone to join us. Today it is more important than ever to do what we can to help,» said Ilya Kuznetsov, General Director of RC Event Management.

The Roscongress Foundation is glad to welcome anyone who wishes to join initiatives run by the organization and its partners, and to help multi-child families and people in need.

If you’d like to help the St. Petersburg Children’s Hospice, you can make a donation via its website: http://детскийхоспис.рф.