Healthcare provider Bupa UK has created a new charitable foundation, which will support projects and initiatives that aim to “tackle critical challenges in health and social care and make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing”.
The Bupa UK Foundation will grant up to £1 million in 2015, with the first round of funding to be announced in mid-May.
It’s principal areas of focus will include heart health, dementia, type 2 diabetes and cancer. In addition, it will support work on factors that underpin health including mental health, ageing, behaviour change that improves health, and the management of long-term conditions.
Applications for first round of funding
The theme of the first round of funding will be announced in mid-May. At that time the Bupa UK Foundation will invite applications with the first funding decisions expected in the summer.
The foundation will be governed by a board of trustees, made up of five Bupa UK directors and two external trustees including the former President of the Royal College of Nursing, Andrea Spyropoulos.
Dr Paula Franklin, Medical Director, Bupa UK said:
“We’re really excited to announce the launch of the Bupa UK Foundation. The driving force of our new charitable foundation is to help millions of people to live longer, healthier, happier lives and to engage more people in their health and wellbeing. Our funding will be directed towards projects and initiatives that support this purpose.”
Bupa UK is engaged in other charitable activities. Last month it announced that Age UK had been chosen as its strategic charity partner with the aim of raising £1 million over the next two years to support thousands of older people across the UK.
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