At Gilly’s Gift we would like to support the next generation of medical professionals who will be the pathfinders to create a new system of healthcare in the United Kingdom where health and wellbeing come first.
The charity will provide funding, by way of loans or grants, to take up training opportunities. These could be in the form of courses, visits or electives at institutions practising integrated medicine or offering training in processes which could be part of an integrated medicine program, both in the UK and overseas. This aims to give them exposure to practices and their results which they would not otherwise experience, with the potential to influence their careers and the careers of those around them.
The charity normally only funds a proportion of the cost of the training as we have found that the availability of some funding acts as a catalyst to make students and doctors undertake training which they would not otherwise consider.
Gilly’s Gift also provides funding to enable cancer patients with limited financial means to access integrated medicine. This funding is dispersed through medical professional intermediaries. The charity will not deal directly with patients.
The charity’s aim is that, as the number of doctors practising integrated medicine increases, and the benefits, both financial and to the patient, become clearly evident, the pressure on the medical establishment in the UK to recognise integrated medicine will increase. The hope being that ultimately, integrated medicine will become fully supported by mainstream funding and the charity will achieve its redundancy.
The benefits of Gilly’s Gift:
- very low administration costs
- staffed by volunteers
- a very high proportion of donations directed to charitable activity
- a business model that can easily be scaled up or down depending on level of income