They took care of our families, now it's time to take care of theirs

“When we lose a parent at a young age we lose more than just a loved one, we lose opportunity, connections, mentoring, and security. As much as humanly possible the HWF must be those things to these children. The fund should be what I would want for my kids if I had died.”

Dr Dominic Pimenta, HWF Chairman

Our Mission

Over 1,500 health and social care workers lost their lives in the UK to COVID-19 since March 2020, leaving behind over a thousand grieving families, many with young children.

Losing a parent at a young age is a life-changing tragedy, losing a parent fighting a once-in-a-generation crisis doubly so. The HWF was founded by healthcare workers, for healthcare workers – these families could be our own. We can never replace a mother or a father, but the HWF is dedicated to taking care of these bereaved families, as their loved ones took care of ours.

When you lose a parent, you lose much more than a dear loved one; you lose opportunity, financial support, family connections, mentorship, even hope. The HWF Families Programme was founded to address those needs as much as possible, now and long into the future.

If you are one of those families please get in touch.

How do we help?

Free bereavement counselling sessions

  • Mentoring
  • Legal Assistance
  • Respite Breaks
  • Free tutoring sessions
  • Internship opportunities
  • HWF Memorial Fund

Anna’s Story

Anna Sazuze's mother Elsie, a care home nurse, contracted COVID in April 2020 while working on the frontline, passing away tragically shortly afterwards. Since her passing, the HWF has supported her bereaved husband Ken and their two children, Anne and Andrew. Anna has been taking tutoring lessons provided by the HWF Families programme.

“The tutoring courses really helped boost my confidence whilst studying in the lead up to my exams this summer. I’ve found it very useful, so knowing that the charity is also available to support during the final stages of my educational journey is a huge relief. The support the charity provides is invaluable and I’m glad other students across the UK who have had a similar experience to me will also benefit from this Fund into higher education and beyond.”

Who does the HWF Families Programme support?

We help the families of healthcare workers that passed away due to COVID-19. The offer applies to any healthcare worker in any frontline setting within the UK. Applicants must live in the UK.

HWF Memorial Fund

Attending university or higher education is often a daunting prospect – emotionally and financially. For families suffering the loss of a parent this is even harder. The HWF has launched a Memorial Fund to help, granting students enrolled on a higher education course £5,000 per year of study to support living costs, rent, maintenance fees and educational materials. Students enrolled on the programme will also be able to access mentorship and internship opportunities through the Families Programme.

Are you an eligible student? Apply below.