Responding to the need for help
During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Dmitry Leus of the Leus Family Foundation, made supporting his local community, NHS and the vulnerable- young and old, a priority.
“Old and young people are losing, risking and having their lives put in jeopardy because of this awful pandemic. I feel that now more than ever, it is my moral duty to help where I can.”
Mr Leus added: “While I have no experience or knowledge in medicine, I am able to donate so that doctors can continue to fight for me, for my family, and for all of us. I sincerely hope those who see this and are in the fortunate position to be able to support and protect our frontline heroes fight Covid-19 do so in any way they can”.
Dmitry Leus, Founder of LEUS FAMILY FOUNDATION
Dmitry couldn’t bear the thought that on his own doorstep families were going hungry due to the effect COVID and lockdown was having. His funding allowed Runnymede food bank to purchase over 20,000 items of food and essential items that were then distributed to over 1,200 residents throughout the borough. The Mayor and Councillors came together to express their gratitude having found they had not received any comparable support.
“On behalf of the Runnymede Foodbank, I wanted to offer our gratitude to Dmitry Leus for his generous donation. The money donated has proven critical in our ability to provide food for the most vulnerable people within our community during the COVID crisis. Working with Dmitry has allowed the Foodbank to purchase food from the wholesale market ensuring a consistent supply of the products we need. His support has been invaluable in our efforts to help those most in need of assistance.”
Runnymede Councillor, Nigel King
It was evident that sourcing PPE was something that a lot of charities were finding hard to fund and source, especially with the demand affecting the governments supply chain. Charities were having to rely on donations but continued to need many hundreds of thousands more items such as masks, coveralls, anti-bacterial wipes, safety goggles, over-boots, gowns, aprons and thermometers.
Working closely with Runnymede Council Dmitry helped to source and donate essential PPE equipment for the NHS and he also assisted local residents in their bid to supply doctors and nurses working for our NHS with scrubs through the purchase of essential materials, again when supplies nationally were running low. He was delighted to help a group of local volunteers who were making pyjama style scrubs for under the NHS staff’s PPE equipment.
Homemade Scrubs being prepared by local Runnymede Residents for NHS- source https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/karen-newport
In addition to the above Dmitry also responded to emergency PPE appeals such as Jewish Care’s and having supported JFS (Jewish Family Services) for a number of years, Dmitry offered to donate towards funding for PPE which was and still is a vital form of protection against the spread of COVID-19.
“Jewish Care faces unprecedented challenges at this time, and we will need the generous support of all those who can help us tackle them head on – so thank you again, it is greatly appreciated and will make a real difference.”
Adam Overlander- Kaye, Director, Fundraising & Community Engagement
At the peak of COVID- 19, Dmitry was one of the first donors to respond to St Georges, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and the Western Eye) and London’s The Royal Free Charity COVID relief appeals.
The appeals were set up to provide emergency support within the hospitals for those at the forefront, who had no other option but to put their life in jeopardy daily for the sake of their country.
The main focuses of the appeals were towards supporting and to providing critical assistance to staff and their wellbeing, and additionally, towards easing vulnerable patients and their family’s hardships imposed because of COVID.
Dmitry wholeheartedly supported the focus’s and felt such an overwhelming moral obligation to support those effected in the country.
Thanks to the donation’s that Dmitry provided, all hospitals were able to fund rest spaces throughout for weary staff were here they could come by crisis care, free food, well needed accommodation, psychological support and patients, particularly the young, were given technology devices and equipment to ensure they were entertained and in contact with loved ones when they weren’t able to visit due to them being high risk.
“We are extremely grateful for the incredibly generous donation in support of our Covid-19 Emergency Fund. The Leus Family Foundation have responded resoundingly to our public appeal and their gift will make a tangle difference to our critical work at this time. From the provision of care packages at the end of a very long shift, to psychological support and the creation of physical respite spaces for our staff, Imperium’s donation is directly helping to meet the needs of our local NHS heroes”.
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
“We are particularly grateful to long-term supporters who are able to support our NHS staff and our most vulnerable patients during this time of need. Their donation, and overall commitment to the charity will help us make a difference in the coming weeks and months”.
Amerjit Chohan, CEO, St George’s Hospital Charity
“We’re extremely grateful to Dmitry Leus for the incredibly generous donation in support of our appeal. We know the scale of the challenge is enormous and this significant contribution will make a huge difference in enabling us to get urgent support to staff on the front line.”
Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial Health Charity
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