We all have our own views on how we want the future to look and I count myself privileged to be in a position of being able to contribute towards, and play an active role in, causes close to my heart.
The nature of modern communication however means that one’s motivations can easily be misconstrued. This blog provides me with a platform to voice my true opinions, and I believe I have a lot to contribute to the debates which are shaping the world we live in.
As a signatory to the ‘Giving Pledge’, I am committed to donating over half of my wealth to charitable causes during the course of my lifetime. Philanthropy gives me far more pleasure and satisfaction than making money. The biggest philanthropic challenge is being able to find causes that I believe in, that have an efficient structural approach to the use of the money I give them. This makes it extremely hard work, because it does mean that I have to get personally involved to ensure the validity of what I am supporting.
It is one of the reasons that I founded a children’s charity, Caudwell Children. It has supported over 25,000 families and provided over £39 million worth of services to children with over 600 different medical conditions. The charity will be opening the Caudwell International Children’s Centre this year, which will be the UK’s first independent purpose-built centre, dedicated to multidisciplinary autism diagnosis, support and research. The centre will be led by rigorous scientific research.
Led by the chartiy’s CEO Trudi Beswick, the Caudwell International Children’s Centre has been in the making for several years. The centre, the charity, Trudi and all employees deserve great praise for their hard work.
Another cause close to my heart is Caudwell LymeCo, which raises money for desperately needed research into Lyme disease, educates the public on Lyme disease prevention and awareness, and is currently taking part in the consultation process with NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) to develop NHS treatment guidelines for the illness. Approximately 8 people in Britain catch Lyme disease every day. We already know it can cause heart attacks, acute inflammation of the brain and paralysis, but we still need research to answer the most basic of questions.
The experience I have acquired over the course of my journey in business has opened my eyes to the countless ways in which my own resources can be put to more effective use. I am motivated by the belief that it is the responsibility of everyone, whether as individuals, businesses or governments, to pay their dues to the society in which they live. In this vein I have written extensively on subjects beyond the realm of philanthropy, on questions relating to higher education, corporate culture, and the opportunities presented by Brexit. The more we engage with the issues that are most important to us, the more those issues come to light in the public sphere. Only then can we begin to shape them.
I look forward to continuing the discussion with you.
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