Thank you to the MDU and their FY1 members for their incredible support

We are delighted that MDU’s partnership with RMBF is continuing in 2024.  It began in 2021 when the MDU reduced its first-year subscription from £10 to £5 for FY1 members, donating the remaining £5 to charity. RMBF has received over £35,000 from the initiative this year.

Thanks to MDU members, we have been able to increase our support to medical students by a third.  We have also been able to increase the maximum value of our grants, providing even more help to students experiencing financial hardship as a result of illness, injury or bereavement. They were at risk of dropping out of medical school as a result of financial pressures beyond their control.

The money raised has helped prevent talented medical students being lost to the profession. One medical student we support said:

“I’m currently in my last year of GP training. I’m also a single mum to a son who has serious disabilities, which makes life a bit harder at times.

“I was really struggling financially and had taken on credit card debt, and I was going to have to stop my training because I couldn’t afford the exams. It seemed like such an absurd situation. I wondered if there might be help available for me as a doctor, so I searched online – that’s how I found out about the RMBF.

“I applied for support, and now I have a grant in place which will mean I can sit my exams later this year, finish my training, and go on to work as a GP.

Steve Crone, Chief Executive of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, commented:

“We are very grateful that the MDU and their foundation members continue to support us. The funds they raise enable us to provide financial support and assistance to even more medical students and their families during extraordinarily difficult times for the profession.”