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.

Please support safer birth in the Jawadhi Hills

We are raising funds for an urgently needed maternity centre in the Jawadhi Hills, a tribal area 60km from Vellore. In the Jawadhi Hills it is often dangerous to give birth and it can take over 12 hours to reach medical help.

You may have read about Deepa in our latest newsletter. Deepa was 22 when pregnant with her second child in the Jawadhi Hills. After a long labour and a long trip to the closest hospital, Deepa gave birth to a still born baby and sustained horrific injuries. This tragic loss of life and Deepa’s injuries were due to the lack of a health centre with the facilities for obstetric emergencies in the Jawadhi Hills.

At Friends of Vellore UK, we have set ourselves the target of raising £50,000 so that CMC Vellore can build an urgently needed antenatal and maternity unit in the Jawadhi Hills, to be open and available to women like Deepa 24 hours a day. We are now 80% of the way there!

To help us reach our target and build this life changing antenatal and maternity unit please consider donating. Thank you so much for your support.

Click on the image below to download our promotional leaflet with more details:

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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: office@friendsofvellore.org
  • Office hours are Tues and Thur 9-4pm