WHAT IS THE LEWIS FOUNDATION AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The Lewis Foundation source, package and hand deliver free weekly gift packs to adult cancer patients in
hospitals in the East Midlands and the community. Packs contain items that patients might find it difficult
to buy or simply can’t afford, and this brings much needed comfort and happiness at a time when things
can be very difficult. For many, both in hospital and in the community, The Lewis Foundation volunteers
are their only regular visitors they have.
The foundation was established in 2016 by Lorraine and Lee Lewis, when Lee's mum was hospitalised with
cancer at Northampton General Hospital. Recognising the fear, upset and loneliness faced by individuals
undergoing cancer treatment and their loved ones, Lorraine and Lee were determined to set up a charity
that would make a real difference.
Today, with a team of 50 community volunteers (70% being beneficiaries) and community supporters, The
Lewis Foundation has grown from delivering 80 gift packs to one hospital, to delivering over 2,500 to
seven hospitals in the Midlands per month.
WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM?
With the arrival of Covid19 visitors were suddenly no longer able to visit hospitals, meaning that patients
were forced to go through cancer treatment alone.
Inpatients now had no one to bring in essential items, such as toiletries or a puzzle book, to help pass the
time. Likewise, day patients had neither company during treatment nor anyone to get them what they
needed whilst they had their chemotherapy.
Patients were unable to have the emotional or practical support of a loved one at their side - those who
could distract them, even for a moment, from what they were going through.
WHAT DIFFERENCE DID THE APPEAL AWARD MAKE?
As a direct result of the award funding. The Lewis Foundation have been extend their usual service and
create a self-isolation pack, containing items for both physical and mental wellbeing. This pack is not only
useful to patients during their hospital visits but also once they get home.
Packs contain activities – for example a book or model craft set – and also items that will help to relieve
the side effects of their treatment, such as body lotion and hand cream. In this small, but significant and
thoughtful way, The Lewis Foundation aim to alleviate some of the concerns of patients and their loved
ones. Through their kindness, families and friends worried about not being able to get items to their
family member, or unsure of what they need, feel supported too.
Through their kindness, The Lewis Foundation alleviate some of the concerns of patients, whilst helping
families and friends worried about not being able to get items to their family member, or unsure of what
they need, feel supported too.
“My Dad had to undergo his chemo treatment alone today, but luckily the gift bag he received from
The Lewis Foundation included puzzle books. Thank you so much for giving him a much-needed
Daughter of cancer patient
"Even though you’re not giving the gifts personally right now, our patient's still feel your presence."
Member of hospital staff