Maitri 2018

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

The latest edition of Maitri for 2018 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 2018

Buy a gift that makes a difference

Today is #GivingTuesday. As you buy gifts for friends and family this Christmas, please consider also giving a gift to cover the basic health and welfare needs of someone who has much less than we do. If you would like to give to the work of Friends of Vellore, here is how your donation could make a difference:

£3 would pay for a mosquito net or £10 would cover the cost of a mattress given out by the palliative home care team to those unable to travel to hospital and in the latter stages of their life at home. These small things would make a real difference to the comfort of those they care for, who might otherwise be sleeping directly on the floor.

£30 would enable the Rural Unit of Health and Social Care’s elderly welfare programme to provide an evening meal for a whole year to one elderly person with no family support or financial means.

£50 would enable the Person to Person Scheme to cover the cost of an additional person’s treatment. This is means tested and goes to those who are unable to cover the cost of much-needed medical treatment. If you specify that your donation is for PTP, you will receive a report back from CMC detailing who benefitted from your gift.

£150 would cover one month’s salary of one of our Community Health Workers: Alfred, Ambiga and Beryl, who run clinics in the slum areas of Vellore to provide medical care to the very poorest.

If you would like to make a donation, all the details are here.

Thank you so much for your support!

Data Protection Law is Changing

Please act now to enable us to keep sending you newsletters and updates

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 and becomes law on 25 May 2018. It aims to strengthen and standardise data protection for all individuals within the European Union and will give people more control over how their personal data is used.  The changes will affect any fundraising activity including sending out newsletters or updates on how charities are supporting beneficiaries, as well as more specific fundraising requests.

In order to comply with best practice, we are seeking explicit opt-in consent from all our supporters to be on our mailing list for postal newsletters and, if applicable, email updates. To this end, we are asking all of our readers to complete and return the consent form available to download below. This can be sent to the charity as a hard copy in the post, or emailed to us. You can withdraw your consent at any time, simply by writing to or emailing the charity.  If you have any questions, please get in touch.

We would be most grateful if you can complete and return the consent form below to enable us to keep communicating with you about the work of Friends of Vellore.

September Annual Meeting

We invite all supporters of Friends of Vellore to attend our Annual Meeting on Sunday 17th 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 for our AGM 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 our patron, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, is able to join us this year and will be giving an address.

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 address from Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali and updates from CMC
12:30pm Light Lunch (sponsored by FOV)

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.

New Director for CMC

Dr Sunil Chandy’s five-year term as Director of CMC finishes this summer.  CMC have announced that Dr John Victor Peter, Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Associate Director (Finance) has been appointed as Director-Designate with effect from 29th June 2017 and will take over as Director on 23rd September 2017 for a five-year term.  He is an alumnus of the MBBS Batch of 1982.

Dr J V Peter

Please pray for God to give him wisdom and guidance as he begins his leadership, and that he might serve in a way that brings glory to God.


CMC Missions Website Launched

The Missions Department Website funded by Friends of Vellore was officially inaugurated during the Council meeting on 20th January 2017.  It will act as a single hub for all missions hospitals enabling networking between hospitals and facilitating the sharing of equipment or needs.  It has information on CMC’s mission heritage, news, conferences, continuing medical education, devotional pages and a message board.

Click on the image below to go directly to the site and explore it for yourself:

Front page of Missions Website

Missions Website

Dr Sukria Nayak, Associate Director (Missions) writes:

Thank you for funding this project from Friends of Vellore, UK.   Looking forward for your continued interaction and support – in expansion of the healing ministry through CMC, Vellore