Annual Supporters’ Meeting this Sunday

We look forward to welcoming our supporters and alumni at the Friends of Vellore Annual Supporters’ Meeting. This takes place on Sunday 18th September at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Coventry, CV2 2ST. Please note that this is a different venue from previous years, but in a similar location (just off Junction 2 of the M6).

The timetable for the morning is as follows:

  • 9:30am                 Sunday Chapel Service (order of service available to download here)
  • 11:00am               Tea/Coffee
  • 11:30am               FOV Annual Supporters’ Meeting
  • 1:00pm                 Indian Lunch

If you are attending on the day, you are welcome to join us for the service or to arrive in the coffee break in time for the meeting itself. CMC’s Director, Dr J V Peter, will be joining us and giving an update on developments at CMC Vellore. Ruth will give an overview of Friends of Vellore’s projects and Georgina, our fundraiser, will speak about our Safer Birth appeal.

Annual Supporters’ Meeting 2022

Our annual meeting for all supporters of Friends of Vellore UK is on Sunday 18 September 2022. This is an opportunity for you to hear more about our projects at CMC Vellore and its associated mission hospitals, as well as providing an opportunity to meet other supporters and CMC Alumni. We are delighted that CMC’s Director, Dr J V Peter, will be joining us.

This year the meeting will be back in Coventry to coincide with the end of the CMC UK Alumni reunion. We have a new venue: the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Coventry, CV2 2ST. If you’ve been before it’s in a similar location to previous years (just off Junction 2 of the M6).

The timetable for the morning is as follows:

  • 9:30am                 Sunday Chapel Service
  • 11:00am               Tea/Coffee
  • 11:30am               FOV Annual Supporters’ Meeting
  • 1:00pm                 Indian Lunch

Those attending on the day are welcome to join us for the service or to arrive in the coffee break in time for the meeting itself. We would love to see many of you there. If you are able to attend, please let complete the form here so we have an idea of numbers.

Safer Birth in the Jawadhi Hills

We are raising funds for an urgently needed labour ward in the Jawadhi Hills.

In the Jawadhi Hills it is often dangerous to give birth and it can take over 12 hours to reach medical help. We ask you to join us in this transformational mission and donate to help mothers and babies.

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

If you would like to donate towards the labour ward, please do so here

CMC Covid Impact Report

CMC’s Director Dr JV Peter has written to thank all those who donated to CMC during the Covid crisis. He writes:

Thank you for your generous gifts to CMC during the unprecedented crisis. Your contribution came when we were overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic and struggling to meet the demands placed on us.

The first wave of the pandemic was challenging but was nothing compared to the second wave in April and May 2021 which overwhelmed us and the health system. Ambulances poured in with very sick patients. We had to quickly ramp up services. At the peak, we were able to set aside 1150 beds for Covid, including 200 ICU beds. Oxygen supplies were ramped up. We managed over 4,000 patients in a monitored home isolation program and ran ‘Udahvi’, a 24/7 Covid-19 helpline. Through the pandemic we tested more than 102,500 samples and admitted over 16,600 patients. Companies and individuals reached out to provide PPE and equipment. Donors contributed generously to support poor patients. This enabled us to subsidise around £5 million of patient care costs for Covid alone, reducing the tremendous financial burden on our patients. We could do so much because of generous friends like YOU. We are immensely grateful for the donations from Friends of Vellore UK towards life-saving medical equipment, patient care and vaccination.

Now the situation here has improved and we are focusing on vaccination. We have enhanced our ‘Vaccinate Vellore’ campaign. We are taking stock of the lessons we have learnt and what we can take forward into the future. At this juncture we take a moment to say thank you.

We are privileged to share our ‘Impact Report’ with you – a testament to the many hands that worked together to turn a crisis into an opportunity for partnership and cooperation. We thank God for his protection and provision and we look forward to your continued support and prayers.

Click on the image below to read CMC’s impact report:

Congratulations to Abraham George!

Congratulations to Abraham George who completed the London Marathon on Sunday! He was running to raise funds for the ten community health workers Friends of Vellore UK are funding in the tribal area of the Jawadhi Hills. It’s not too late to sponsor him. You can do this on his fundraising page here or for direct bank transfers and cheques, see details here – please indicate Jawadhi Hills as the area of support.

Watch our Annual Supporters’ Meeting

Thank you to all those who joined us for our Annual Supporters’ Meeting on 11 September 2021. We were privileged to have Dr JV Peter, Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore’s Director, and Dr Anu Rose from CMC’s Community Health and Development Department join us. Dr JV Peter gave a presentation on the current situation at CMC and how they have coped with the second wave of Covid. Dr Anu Rose spoke about CMC’s work in the Jawadhi Hills and the maternal health facility they hope to build to enable safe deliveries and address the high maternal and child death rates. The recording is now available on our YouTube channel here.

Raju, a patient CMC treated for Covid

Annual Supporters’ Meeting

The Friends of Vellore UK Annual Supporters Meeting is taking place this Saturday 11th September 2021 from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon on Zoom.

We are delighted that Dr JV Peter, Director of CMC, and Dr Anu Rose from CMC’s Community Health and Development Department (CHAD) will be joining us. Dr JV Peter will give a presentation on the current situation at CMC. Following this, Dr Anu Rose will speak about CMC’s work in the Jawadhi Hills, the projects we are supporting there and the new emergency obstetric and neonatal care facility they are hoping to build. There will also be an overview of all of Friends of Vellore UK’s current projects.

If you would like to attend, please register for the webinar here.
(Only one person per household will need to register if you will be sharing a screen.)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We hope you can join us.