Abraham George is running the London Marathon for FOV

Friends of Vellore UK are delighted that Abraham George, an Alumnus of CMC, will run the 2020 London Marathon in aid of our project at CMC’s Low Cost Effective Care Unit. For more information and to sponsor him, see his fundraising page here.

The Low Cost Effective Care Unit (LCECU) aims to provide quality but low cost care to the poorest inhabitants of Vellore. Patients pay a nominal amount for registration, and then are only charged for drugs and investigations – even those charges are according to the individual’s ability to pay. Weekly clinics in the main slum area of Vellore get medical support to the very poorest. Typically those living in slum areas will not seek medical help, thinking it is unavailable or too expensive.

Community Health Worker, Alfred with a patient

We are currently funding a £30,000 project over five years to strengthen the outreach services of LCECU through community health workers. The community health workers work in the slum areas of Vellore town, educating the community to improve health and prevent illness, acting as the interface between the community and the unit, and enabling referrals to the hospital where necessary.

If you would like to support Abraham and this very worthwhile project, you can make a donation on his fundraising page here.

Annual Supporters’ Meeting

We invite all supporters of Friends of Vellore to attend our Annual Supporters’ Meeting on Sunday 29th September at the Holiday Inn, Coventry, CV2 2HP (just off Junction 2 of the M6). This is on the final day of the CMC Alumni Weekend, enabling Alumni to stay on and others to join us on the day.  The purpose of the meeting is to update the Friends of Vellore about CMC and Friends of Vellore UK as well as providing an opportunity for fellowship. We are delighted that CMC’s Director, Dr J V Peter, will be joining us this year and will be speaking to us.

The timetable for the morning is as follows:

  • 9:30am Sunday Chapel Service
  • 11:00am Tea/Coffee
  • 11:30am Annual Supporters’ Meeting
  • 1:00pm Indian Lunch (paid for by the charity but donations welcome)

Those attending on the day are welcome to join us in time for the service or to arrive in the coffee break in time for the meeting itself.  If you are able to attend, please let Ruth know so we have an idea of numbers.

Send a birthday gift that makes a difference

What do you buy as a birthday gift for a friend who already has all they need? You might like to consider making a donation to pay for treatment for a patient at CMC in honour of your friend’s birthday. Recently one of our supporters did just this, choosing to give the donation to pay for a patient requiring hand therapy, given this was a particular interest of the friend who will soon be celebrating her 50th birthday.

We created the card below for the donor to give her friend, giving some explanation of her birthday gift. In time, we will send her details of the patient who received treatment as a result of her birthday gift, showing just what a difference it made.

50th Card Front

50th Card Back

If you would like to give a similar gift, you can send you donation in the usual way, but marking it as ‘birthday gift’ and letting us know the name of the person who is celebrating their birthday and their age if it is a special birthday. We will deduct £2 from the gift aid if eligible, or if not the donation, to cover the cost of printing the card.

For more information on how to make a donation, click here.

Spring 2019 Newsletter

We have just published our Spring 2019 newsletter.  View it here:

Spring 2019 Newsletter

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Maitri 2019

Please join with us in praying for the work of CMC.

The latest edition of Maitri for 2019 is now available to download.  Maitri is produced by the chaplaincy team at CMC.  It has Bible reflections and suggested areas for prayer for each week of the year.  If you would like to be added to an email list to receive this on a weekly basis, please contact the FOV UK office.

Maitri 2019

Autumn 2018 Newsletter

We have just published our Autumn 2018 newsletter.  View it here:

Autumn 2018 Newsletter

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Annual Supporters Meeting

We invite all supporters of Friends of Vellore to attend our Annual Supporters Meeting on Sunday 7th October at the Holiday Inn, Coventry, CV2 2HP (just off Junction 2 of the M6).  This is on the final day of the CMC Alumni Weekend, enabling Alumni to stay on and others to join us on the day.  The purpose of the meeting is to update the friends of Vellore about CMC and FOV as well as providing an opportunity for fellowship.  We are delighted that Dr Sunil Abraham, Head of CMC’s Low Cost Effective Care Unit, is able to join us this year and will be giving an address. We also have Dr Divya Muliyil with us who will update us on the work in the Jawadhi Hills.

The timetable for the morning is as follows:

9:30am to 10:30am Sunday Chapel Service
10:30am to 11:00am Tea / Coffee
11:00am to 12:30pm FOV Annual General Meeting with updates from CMC by Dr Sunil Abraham and Dr Divya Muliyil
12:30pm Indian Lunch (sponsored by FOV but donations welcome)

Those attending on the day are welcome to join us in time for the service or to arrive in the coffee break in time for the meeting itself.  If you are able to attend, please can you let Ruth know so we have an idea of numbers.

Spring 2018 Newsletter

We have just published our Spring 2018 newsletter.  View it here:

Spring 2018 Newsletter

If you are not on our mailing list and would like your details to be added to this, to receive this newsletter and future issues by post, please contact us.