Dresden Fund


Dresden Hardship Fund

Funding is available to support patients and families who are experiencing extreme financial difficulty as a direct result of their time in hospital. Members of staff employed by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust may apply, on behalf of a patient being cared for at one of the Trust's five hospitals for financial relief of up to £2,000.

Funds must be for a specific purpose to provide a positive impact on patients’ immediate and/or long-term health and welfare needs. Financial relief can be provided to support a patient with transport costs, accommodation, funeral expenses, baby-care essentials, clothing and other critical need items.

Please note the charity does not fund legal aid and does not make unconditional cash awards.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply to the Dresden Hardship Fund:

  • Applications must be submitted on behalf of the patient or family by a member of staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
  • The patient must currently be receiving care at one of the Trust’s five hospitals (Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye).
  • The patient and anyone associated with them must not previously have received a grant from the Fund.
  • There must be clear evidence of a real and critical need to provide financial assistance.

Having compared the patient’s circumstances with those of the many others they have encountered in the course of their work, the member of staff must be satisfied that the case stands out in terms of both financial hardship and the relief that a grant from the fund might provide.

Please note that due to limited funds, the charity is only able to award one grant per patient.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply via our online application system.

Key dates

Applications are accepted year-round with no formal deadlines. The charity strives to assess and respond to applications as soon as possible to meet the immediate need of the patient.

Further information

For any additional information or guidance, please contact the charity's grants team by emailing grants@imperialcharity.org.uk or calling 020 3857 9847.


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