Patricia Atkinson MBE

Pat has had a varied and interesting life! A planned career as a worker in the Third World following nurse training was halted by a serious rheumatic Illness. As she recovered, she spent 3 years playing trumpet and acting as Children’s entertainment manager in a holiday camp.
After marriage and health recovery she undertook a 3-year theology degree and became a Deaconess in the Church of England to enable her to become a hospital chaplain. This was to be her main “paid” work for 27 years, but the desire to work in the Third World was still a burning ambition.

An opportunity to visit India came in 1990 after which Pat set up her own charity and registered a Trust in India. Working under the umbrella of her own Trust Pat has completed 57 trips to India initially with extended leave from her Chaplaincy role for 6-8 weeks twice a year, more recently as the Trust became well established with trusted staff spending a month or so on the projects each year. The Trust now has its own dedicated home for slum and street elders, a tuition centre for over 100 slum children, a dedicated slum lunch centre providing 60 meals every day. We have funded 2 palliative care ambulances supporting those too poor or sick to reach hospital for 16
years. Over 50,000 home visits have been made. The Trust also supports a leprosy colony of 37 families.

More recently as the Trust has gained
credibility and acceptance work with poor children with cancer through a small hospital has become an increasing emphasis As the Trust moves forward, the emphasis will be on this work with children many of whom could not access treatment without help. The Trust is proud to say that every penny raised is used in India. Pat has always (with the help of family and friends) been self-funded. At 74 years old Pat is consolidating her work knowing that she has trusted staff to continue long term. 2 of those staff members, now in their 30’s were taken from the streets aged 7 and 9, educated by the Trust and are part of what we know will be ongoing secure work with the poorest.

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