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Frenkel Topping launches charitable foundation

Norman Lamb pays tribute to charity which he believes will help make up for shortcomings in health and care system

24 March 2015

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A new grant giving charity has been established to support projects that provide rehabilitation or wellbeing services to vulnerable and disabled individuals.

The Frenkel Topping Charitable Foundation will focus on financially supporting charities that aid people who are unable to claim compensation for their illness or injury.

The launch of the charity coincides with the coming into effect of the Care Act 2014 (which takes effect on 1 April 2015) which represents the most significant reform of care law for a generation.

Dame Philippa Russell (who has cared for her own disabled son for 50 years) said that while she was lucky to receive support while caring for her son, many families did not, making the work of the new charity essential.

'I would like to congratulate the new foundation because I think that it has a vision to do things differently,' she said. 'Not only to raise money to make a difference, but to have a vision about how that difference can actually be addressed in ordinary life.

'There are a lot of people, myself included, who have children, my son's now 50, he was born with brain injury, there was no compensation, in fact possibly there was negligence, but we decided that we'd have a son who we'd be proud of and we would bring him up as we brought up our other children.'

She added: 'We had a lot of help. But I'm very well aware that a lot of families don't. I was lucky. I hope that all of you will be willing to help and support a foundation that will ensure that other families who have children like my son Simon, will nonetheless get a good life.'

Frenkel Topping specialises in providing financial advice and investment management to individuals who receive damages as a result of injury or clinical negligence.

Norman Lamb, the Minister of State for Care and Support, said that the new charity will aid a health and care system which is not equipped to deal with the care needs of a growing population.

'Rather frighteningly, the number of people who live with three or more chronic conditions was about 1.9m in 2008, it will be 2.9m in 2019; an increase of more than 50 per cent,' said Lamb.

'This is the existential challenge that our health and care system faces and the system is not well designed to meet their needs.'

He added: 'The work that the foundation does and will do in the future is of critical importance to those people, to ensure that they are financially secure, that it's not something that they have to worry about on top of all of their caring needs, so I pay tribute to this fantastic initiative.'


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