Message from The Chief Executive
The Victoria Foundation is the parent charity of the New Victoria Hospital in Kingston, one of the few remaining independent hospitals in the country. I am proud to be Chief Executive of The Victoria Foundation and Executive Chairman of the New Victoria Hospital.
The Victoria Foundation’s objectives are very broad, but firmly medical, with the overall aim of transforming lives where there is an opportunity to do so - either through medical provision or by ensuring that those young people destined to become the future generations of doctors are not thwarted by financial restrictions.
The focus of the Foundation is on four main donation strands, which the Trustees identified as the gaps in current provision by the State.
Mobility aids – supporting those who suffer from diseases that affect their mobility in both their recreational and rehabilitation needs by providing support where financial constraints do not allow the private purchase of mobility aids.
Accessible transport – helping residents of the London Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston suffering from any medical condition that renders conventional transport either inaccessible or inappropriate.
Medical Toolkit Grants and Elective Bursaries – supporting widening participation in medicine by awarding UK students studying at UK universities Toolkit Grants for the purchase books, medical instruments and travel costs to placements and Elective Bursaries with a contribution towards the cost of overseas travel to electives.
Medical assistance – provision of access to free medical treatment, for residents of the London Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston, at the New Victoria Hospital in Kingston for those in financial hardship where treatment is not readily available on the NHS and where the treatment would be life enhancing together with other financial assistance for medical purposes
However, this is not to say that we’ve identified them all, and so the Foundation is willing and able to consider applications on a case by case basis which fall outside of the four main donation strands, e.g. research and development, capital equipment etc.
Our goal is to help as many people as we can now but not, by so doing, jeopardise our ability to help many more people in the future. In the current economic climate this balance is especially important.
Because of an annual donation from the New Victoria Hospital, the Foundation is in a privileged and unique position. As Chief Executive, I can promise it’s donors that every penny donated will be spent on our beneficiaries, and not used for administration.
We have the ability to be creative in how we support our beneficiaries, and welcome interaction and challenges from both donors and those we assist.
To our existing supporters, I say thank you. To our prospective supporters, I ask you to contact us, learn more about us and allow us to give you the unique opportunity of making a real difference.
Graham Ball Chief Executive