The Kingston Old Peoples Home Fund for Ileostomists.
The Kingston Old Peoples Home Fund for Ileostomists, to give its full name, is a
Registered Charity (205591) that was established on 14th March 1962 by Leslie Kingston
MBE. At this time Leslie Kingston, himself an Ileostomist, was the General Secretary
of the Ileostomy Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (IA), which had
been established in 1958 with Professor Bryan Brooke as its president.
Leslie Kingston recognised that elderly ileostomists were disadvantaged in that for
example no help was available for persons with arthritis who were unable to change
or empty their appliances unaided. Unfortunately the IA did not, at the time, have
the resources to provide this kind of help. He therefore established TheKingston
Trust which raised funds to set up four Kingston Homes where elderly ileostomists
could be looked after with the appropriate care.
Prior to his death in 1990, Leslie Kingston realised that the Kingston Homes were
not the complete answer to the problem he was trying to address. This was because,
with only four homes in the UK, permanent residents inevitably had to relocate from
friends and familiar surroundings; the understandable reluctance of elderly people
to relocate meant that the homes could not be utilised to their full capacity. He
therefore sold the Kingston Homes and the money raised, together with subsequent
legacies and donations, provided the capital base which today supports the operation
of the Trust. Additional donations are always welcome and very much appreciated.
Please contact The Kingston Trust Secretary for further information.
The investment policy of the Trust is designed to maintain the capital base against
inflation in recognition of the fact that elderly Ileostomists will be with us for
the foreseeable future. After the deduction of administrative expenses, all income
is used "to provide relief for elderly ileostomists in accordance with the Trust
Deed of the Charity”.
Prior to 1999, all Charitable Expenditure was directed towards Grant Aid to individuals.
This changed when the Trustees agreed that the Trust Deed permitted funds to be used
to support research that would benefit elderly ileostomists. Individual applications
for assistance still receive priority attention but surplus funds have been used
to sponsor research into Long-Term Ostomate Care at the University of Central England
and research into the Nutritional Requirements of Elderly Ileostomists at Southampton
University. Reports on both these research projects have been presented at IA National
To qualify for financial assistance from TheKingston Trust, applicants must be aged
50 years or over, a resident of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic
of Ireland and have an ileostomy. The Kingston Trust funds can be used for almost
any purpose to help qualifying applicants, subject to approval by the Trustees. Examples
of the type of help we are able to give include: beds and bedding, cookers, washing
machines, bathroom modifications, house maintenance, mobility aids and convalescent
TheKingston Trust can be contacted by telephone, e-mail or letter and you can be
sure that all enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence. We are here
to help, we can help and we want to help.