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

We are raising funds to help CMC Vellore and associated smaller Indian mission hospitals care for Covid patients. Thank you so much to all those who have given already. Wonderfully, we have now raised £221,870. We have allocated grants totalling £220,000 so far, but have been approached by Karigiri Hospital (Schieffelin Institute of Health Research and Leprosy Centre) who have asked for help to raise funds for them to purchase an oxygen generator plant. So we would be very grateful for more donations to go towards this.

£60,000 has been transferred to CMC Vellore for oxygen concentrators, BiPAP machines, ventilators and to cover the cost of 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, Reynolds Memorial Hospital Washim and Madhepura Christian Hospital Bihar for equipment to treat Covid patients. We are also sending £40,000 to Christian Fellowship Hospital Oddanchatram for them to expand their ICU facilities.

These hospitals are very grateful for the support that we and others have been able to show them in this challenging time. You can read more about how CMC has been responding to the pandemic here. Asha Kiran Hospital sent us a report which you can read here. We will include more updates in our Autumn newsletter.

The second wave of COVID is now abating in India. CMC have gradually opened up the hospital to non-COVID work and the numbers of patients have started to return to pre-pandemic levels. Though the pace of COVID work has reduced, CMC are preparing for a possible third wave that has been predicted by many. Please keep them, and all the mission hospitals mentioned above, in your prayers.

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 and Thur 9-4pm