Charities Of The Year

One of the privileges of the President of York Medical Society is to nominate the three charities to receive our annual donations. They all should relate to healthcare; one local, one national and one international.

The society donates £1000 to each charity.

The chosen charities this year are as follows:

 

1. Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) 

A young person’s homeless charity in North and East Yorkshire

“We provide vulnerable young people with a lasting solution to the problems that have led them to become homeless, all thanks to a network of amazing volunteers who provide a spare room and time to help. We give vulnerable young people a safe and stable place to stay, when they have nowhere else to go. Together with our volunteers, we support young people to lead positive, independent lives. 

Our ambition is that those we help should never experience homelessness again.”

This was also our local charity last year.

Its importance was reinforced to me when a homeless young woman in Stonegate recognised me as her family’s GP over many years. I was truly shocked by the sequence of events that had led from a comfortable family life to her current predicament; it brought home the need for the type of work that SASH do.

2. Samaritans

The Samaritans need no introduction, our nation’s foremost helpline for 65 years.

“We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. That’s why we work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority”.

Samaritans have launched new, confidential support lines for health and social care workers and volunteers based in England and Wales

Given the widespread impact that Covid19 has had on all levels of society , it seems appropriate to support the Samaritans as they face unprecedented demands on their service. 

3. Kagando hospital, Uganda

 Africa, particularly in rural areas, faces major challenges in the provision of healthcare, whether it be in the provision of buildings, electricity, water, personnel or medication. 

80% of clinics and hospitals in the not-for-profit sector have religious affiliations and rely on donations for even the most basic of facilities.

One of the challenges when donating is to ensure that monies given can go wholly to specific projects and not get diluted by bureaucracy.

I have spoken to Rita Miller, a retired practice nurse from York, and regular volunteer staff member at the hospital, and also looked at the website of the Friends of Kagando hospital.

Having done this, feel sure that all the donation will go to a very worthwhile aspect of healthcare at the hospital, and will be having further discussions with them.

Past chosen charities include;

2019-20 PROF JAMES DRIFE

  • Local: SASH (Safe and Sound Housing, York)
  • National: Baby Lifeline (Maternity Training Charity, based near Coventry)
  • International: Global Rehabilitation (Training doctors in rehabilitation)

 

2018-19 DR SARAH WATSON

  • Bereaved Children’s Support Group
  • Teleheal
  • Britain Nepal Medical Trust

 

2017-18 MR GUS MCLAREN

  • York Against Cancer
  • The Autism Research Trust
  • The orthopaedic unit at the Lacor Charitable Hospital, Gulu, Uganda

 

2016-17 DR JOHN REID 

  • York Down Syndrome Parents’ Group
  • Dementia UK
  • Kwa Mkono Disabled Children’s Trust

 

2015-16 DR ROBERT ADAMS

  • Poppleton Railway Garden Nursery
  • Rethink Mental illness UK
  • The Bhopal Medical Appeal

  

2014-15 DR KATHRYN GRIFFITH

  • EMR4DW ( Electronic medical records for the developing world)
  • Candlelighters
  • Give A Kidney

 2013-14 DR IAN LYALL

  • Christian Aid
  • North York Music Therapy Centre
  • Prostate Cancer UK – £1000

 

2012-13 DR IAN JACKSON

  • York against Cancer
  • St Leonards Hospice
  • PEPAIDS
  • College of Medicine

 

2011-12 MR ANDREW GRACE

  • York against Cancer
  • Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
  • Archbishop of York Appeal (Community Centre for the Deaf in Cairo)
  • Water Aid
  • York Resource Centre for Deafened People

 

PRIOR 

  • The Parkinson’s Society
  • Hamlin Fistula UK
  • Our Celebration
  • THET (Tropical Health & Education Trust)
  • Yorkshire Air Aumbulance
  • Children with Leukaemia
  • The Wellbeing of Women Organisation
  • The Hearing Impaired, Bootham
  • Ms Audrey Bell Midwife York Hospital (Indonesia as a VSO)