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Supporting children with cancer

The Vidiyal Trust

The Vidiyal Trust has been working its slum communities in South India
for over 27 years

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Vitiyal Trust

The Vidiyal Trust - Who are we?

We are a registered charity in existence for 27 years (originally under a different name). We work in Southern India, mainly in Madurai, Tamil Nadu and Trivandrum District in Kerala.

Our Madurai work is based in our own purpose built home for street elders. We have 46 beds, a large dining area and a meeting hall. In a nearby slum we have a lunch centre, and children’s tuition centre in our own purpose built block.

We recently started a smallholding with goats, chickens and cows. We support a leprosy village of 39 families, and also provide meals to a large leprosy colony (300 meals twice monthly). From our Madurai base we also care for 30 children with cancer, visiting them in a specialist vehicle, providing financial and practical support, this work is in conjunction with the Regional Cancer Centre in Trivandrum.

In Trivandrum with the Charity wing of the Regional Cancer Centre, we provide, equip and pay drivers salaries for 2 ambulances that take palliative care to adults too poor or sick to reach hospital. In the 16 years we have run this service over 500,000 outreach visits have been made. We also support a further 20 children with cancer from local areas.

Our trustees:

  • Rev. Canon Patricia Atkinson MBE - retired hospital Chaplain.

  • Mrs. Paul Corney. Paediatric Dietitian based at Norfolk ad Norwich University Hospital.

  • Mrs. Joanne Keenan. Operating Department Practitioner at the James Paget Hospital , Gorleston.

We are registered in the UK and India with committed trustees and volunteers. We are one of very few charities to promise to use all donated funds for our work, for further information please see our gallery and latest reports.


We continue to care for 100+ children, 80+ elderes, 50 children with cancer, rural elders, a leprosy colony


Our Latest Reports

Our work has developed since 1990 with our founding trustee making well over 50 development visits to India

Pats Visit No. 55 May - June 2019

These reports are usually written during or after time in India. I’m actually on the way, but decided to start now as there are changes taking place and it will be good to keep everyone updated.

Pats Visit No. 54.

This is a delayed trip ( because of family illness) beginning as always in Kerala where the recent floods have subsided, although they have not affected a Trivandrum my usual starting point.

Pats Visit No. 53. March 2018

Leaving England in deep snow was a novelty! Fortunately I decided to go to the airport a day early, thank goodness I did! I arrived here exactly 28 years on from my first arrival, which hardly seems possible.

Pats Visit No. 52.

A major event was at last, the opening of the farm and training project, which has been funded by an International Rotary grant, thanks for this go to Ewell Rotary, especially Derek Povey...