Welcome to Friends of Vellore UK – promoting health and welfare of the poor and marginalised

We are the UK-based charity which supports Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore in India. CMC Vellore seeks to be a witness to the healing ministry of Christ, through excellence in education, service and research. CMC is considered one of India’s finest medical college hospitals and attracts patients from all over the country as well as neighbouring nations. Whilst many patients are able to afford their treatment, a significant proportion do not have the means to pay for healthcare and may not even seek treatment. Friends of Vellore seek to follow Christ’s example in showing compassion towards those who are vulnerable and marginalised. We want to help CMC to ensure that everyone can receive appropriate healthcare regardless of their ability to pay or their faith.

The people of India served by CMC and their allied mission hospitals need your help today

India is in the middle of a devastating second wave of Covid. Hospitals are struggling to cope, not having enough beds or oxygen supplies. Their health systems are stretched and many staff have tested positive and are isolating.

We are raising funds to help CMC and smaller Indian mission hospitals working in partnership with CMC. The major need across India and in these smaller mission hospitals is oxygen supply. This can be provided by either oxygen generators (around £20,000) which generate a large independent supply of oxygen for the whole hospital or oxygen concentrators (up to £1,000 each), which are portable machines that produce a smaller supply of oxygen for individual patients.

Wonderfully, we have now raised £212,000. We have sent £60,000 to CMC Vellore to help cover the cost of oxygen concentrators, BiPAP machines, ventilators and patient care. We have transferred £20,000 to Kotagiri Medical Fellowship Hospital to enable them to expand and upgrade their 2-bed ICU, £20,000 each to Baptist Christian Hospital Tezpur and Miraj Medical Centre to enable them to purchase oxygen generators and £20,000 each to Asha Kiran Hospital, Lamtaput and Reynolds Memorial Hospital Washim for equipment to treat Covid patients.

We are also sending £40,000 to Christian Fellowship Hospital in Oddanchatram for them to expand their ICU facilities. Madhepura Christian Hospital in North Bihar have approached us for help, and we have committed to send them £20,000. We have just over half of this sum already and are hoping the rest will come in over the next few weeks. If you would like to donate towards Covid costs, please do so here.

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Friends of Vellore UK’s mission is to:

  • Raise funds to support healthcare, education and development projects at CMC that benefit the poorest and most excluded patients and communities
  • Encourage CMC in its partnership with smaller mission hospitals across India
  • Promote the work of CMC and share news and information for prayer

For further information please contact Ruth Tuckwell, the Charity Manager:

  • Address: 2A Chalk Lane, Cockfosters, Barnet, EN4 9JQ
  • Phone: 03333 445245 (calls charged at local rates)
  • Email: friendsofvellore@gmail.com
  • Office hours are Tues, Wed and Fri 9-3pm