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Weʼre raising £3,000 to support The Tom Donaldson Charitable Trust - Trust me, I will be a doctor.

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About Tom's Trust

‘Trust me, I will be a Doctor’ was set up in 2018 in memory of Tom Donaldson, a newly qualified doctor from Derbyshire. Having completed his final exams at the University of Manchester, Tom was on his elective in New Zealand in February 2009 when he died following an accident that resulted in a head injury. Aged just 23, Tom would have helped hundreds of people as a doctor, but did not have the chance to make that happen. In Tom’s memory, this Trust will support other young people to achieve their dream of becoming a doctor and help the people Tom dreamed of reaching.

Specifically, this Trust will support young people from low-income backgrounds in their applications to study Medicine at university, by providing small grants and raising awareness of the work experience opportunities available.

The need

Research in the UK shows that young people from disadvantaged low-income backgrounds face major barriers when pursuing their interest in a medical degree and career. Research by the Social Mobility Commission found that medicine is dominated by those from advantaged backgrounds: 73% of doctors are from professional and managerial backgrounds and less than 6% are from working-class backgrounds. Most university medical students are privately educated or hail from privileged backgrounds (individuals with professional or managerial parents). Research by the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2015 found that 20% of secondary schools in the UK provide 80% of all applicants to medicine. Thousands of disadvantaged students are being restricted from reaching their potential and the demographic of the UK’s medical profession does not mirror the population it serves.

Research by the BMA shows that low income students struggle to get into medical school for many reasons: the schools they attend do not offer the required subjects at A Level; their school does not know how to or cannot afford to support medical school applications; students themselves do not know how to obtain the work experience that is pivotal in securing their place in medical school; their parents do not have the contacts to secure their work experience; and pupils lack the resources needed to participate in work experience (for example, travel costs, buying professional attire, daily subsistence whilst on placement).

Universities now have widening participation and outreach schemes in place to attempt to tackle these issues. A 2009 report found that despite these schemes, there was no change in the socio-economic background of doctors between the 1980s and mid-2000s. A 2015 ‘Selecting for Excellence’ report recommends the NHS expand the provision of work experience for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, with steps including advertising work experience opportunities openly and prioritising applications from those eligible for free school meals, as well as providing reasonable travel expenses.

The Tom Donaldson Charitable Trust aims to help meet this expansion and support more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into medical school.

London and Manchester Marathons, April 2018

8 years after Tom's mum, Jacquie, and sisters, Lauren and Freya, ran the London Marathon in Tom's memory, Lauren's husband Rich will be running the 26.2 miles on 22nd April to raise funds for Tom's Trust.

Tom Ward, a childhood friend of Tom, is doing the Manchester Marathon on 8th April and is also raising funds for Tom's Trust. We are grateful to Tom for choosing to support the Trust and the fact that he'll be racking up those miles around Tom's university town is particularly special.

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  • Ewen Kellar

    Ewen Kellar

    Apr 27, 2018

    Well done Tom Ward. A great effort - at least it wasn't like London!!

    £10.00

  • Martin Farrell

    Martin Farrell

    Apr 27, 2018

    Well done Rich & Tom. Such a fantastic legacy. Tom will be so proud of his loving, caring family.Love from the Farrell's xx

    £50.00

  • Rhys Kirby

    Rhys Kirby

    Apr 25, 2018

    Well done Tenners!

    £20.00

  • Liv Hyde

    Liv Hyde

    Apr 25, 2018

    Well done Richie Tenners!

    £15.00

  • Amanda 'Scise' Jones

    Amanda 'Scise' Jones

    Apr 25, 2018

    Congratulations Rich! Brilliant effort for a wonderful cause x

    £26.39

  • Nina Holmes

    Nina Holmes

    Apr 23, 2018

    Well done team!!

    £20.00

  • Sebastian Woods

    Sebastian Woods

    Apr 23, 2018

    Great work Tenners! Unbelievable effort in that heat!

    £10.00

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