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RMBF President’s Appeal 2016

By Professor Parveen Kumar CBE

RMBF President’s Appeal 2016

Professor Parveen Kumar CBE is the President of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and a member of Wesleyan's Advisory Board. Below is her personal President's appeal shared on behalf of the RMBF.

"I would like to ask for your help to support doctors, medical students and their families through times of crisis. As President of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, I hear many stories of great hardship from doctors who, through no fault of their own, are struggling to make ends meet.

"A big worry for us has been the increasing trend of more and more young doctors in their 20s and 30s coming to us for help over the last few years. When illness or misfortune occurs, junior doctors are often the hardest hit, being at a crucial and sometimes uncertain time in their medical career. As an example, let me tell you about Dr Greenwood.

"In 2013, Dr Greenwood was a trainee surgeon, and he and his wife were expecting their first child. One day when playing football, he suffered a cardiac arrest. During resuscitation he developed a stroke, which resulted in him being in a coma for ten days. He spent a month in hospital recuperating.

"With his wife on maternity leave, the two were struggling to make ends meet. The RMBF helped to cover living expenses when his sick pay was reduced to 50%, and also during his subsequent phased return to work.

"While junior doctors are certainly facing challenges, doctors of all ages, roles and specialities are also having to cope with increasing pressure and scrutiny at work. This means higher rates of stress, burnout, and illness. Therefore a helping hand is needed now more than ever.

"Last year, you helped us offer financial aid to over 200 beneficiaries, changing their lives for the better when it is most needed. Thousands more have also found help through our online advice and support services. We rely heavily on voluntary donations, and we receive no government funding - it really is only with your support that we can continue our vital work.

"The RMBF has now been at the heart of the medical profession for 180 years, and I am immensely proud of the work that we do. Please, if you can, consider giving a gift, to help us guarantee a strong and resilient medical profession for the next 180 years and beyond.

"Please help us support our colleagues in need. Donations can be made by calling 020 8540 9194 or visiting the RMBF website at http://www.rmbf.org/pages/presidents-appeal.html."

" A £25 donation could help cover the costs of essential living expenses in a time of unforseen crisis and family upheaval.

" A £50 donation could provide one day of childcare, enabling a parent to return to work after a period of injury, illness or bereavement.

" A £100 donation could contribute to providing a disabled beneficiary with a wheelchair to help maintain their independence

"My sincerest thanks for taking the time to read this appeal, and for your kind support."

Professor Parveen Kumar CBE
President, Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

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