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Communities unite in the time of coronavirus

15 APRIL 2020

Coronavirus has shone a light on the unique collaboration between Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and Camp Simcha


Noah's Ark and Camp Simcha have joined forces to support seriously unwell Jewish babies and children through this time of crisis. The two charities, both based in North London, offer support to children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families.

Noah’s Ark, which supports children both within and beyond the Jewish community, utilised Camp Simcha’s knowledge and expertise when fitting out our new hospice building, The Ark in Barnet, to ensure that it met the Jewish community’s requirements. The building has a family bedroom sponsored by the Wohl Foundation which enables orthodox Jewish families to stay in the building and adhere to all religious observances, even over Shabbat.

The two charities have now taken their collaboration to a new level during the coronavirus pandemic. Noah’s Ark has opened up The Ark’s In-Patient Unit to babies and children facing clinical or social emergencies at this unprecedented time, relieving pressure on the NHS. One family, referred by Great Ormond Street to Noah’s Ark, utilised the hospice’s facilities over Shabbat, supported by Camp Simcha. The seriously unwell baby was looked after clinically by the Specialist Carers and Nursing staff at The Ark, giving the parents their first night’s rest for many weeks!

Alison Goodman, Director of Fundraising at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, said: “The Jewish community was incredibly supportive during our Building The Ark Campaign. We are now in a time of unprecedented crisis and it’s wonderful to see that we are able to give something back to the community by offering our services to seriously unwell Jewish babies and children and their families. We owe a debt of gratitude to Camp Simcha for their time and expertise   - and of course to The Wohl Foundation for enabling this collaboration.”

Neville Goldschneider, CEO of Camp Simcha, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Noah’s Ark to support Jewish children and families in these unprecedented times. It’s so important that charities and organisations can join together at this moment to play our part in the response to coronavirus. Together, we are working to ensure that our community’s most unwell children are cared for in the best possible way.”

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