Royal Society of Medicine celebrates £2m donation from Naim Dangoor

Wednesday 7 May 2014

A £2 million donation to the Royal Society of Medicine by philanthropist Dr Naim Dangoor will be marked today, Wednesday 7 May, with an evening lecture to be delivered by Lord Winston and the naming of the Naim Dangoor Auditorium and The Dangoor Centre for Medical Education at the RSM’s central London headquarters. Dr Dangoor’s generous donation will support the RSM’s provision of post-graduate medical education and will allow the Society to extend its work in support of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who wish to work in medicine and health care.
Speaking on behalf of his father, who celebrated his 100th birthday in April this year, Mr David Dangoor said: “The UK gave our family refuge when we were exiled to the UK in the 1960s following political unrest in Iraq. Since then we have sought to express our gratitude towards the country by supporting the promotion of education, in particular through our work with the Westminster Academy and by helping students through university scholarship and bursary schemes. We are looking forward to working with the Royal Society of Medicine to extend its work with disadvantaged young people.”
Sir Michael Rawlins, president of the Royal Society of Medicine, added: “We are thrilled to be the beneficiaries of such a generous donation from Dr Dangoor and his family. The Society is committed to nurturing young people from all backgrounds with an interest in medicine as a career and this donation will allow us to significantly expand our public engagement activities in this area.”
The Society’s development director, Paul Summerfield, who secured the donation, said “This is the largest philanthropic gift in the RSM’s 200 year history. We are extremely grateful to Dr Dangoor and the Exilarch Foundation. We hope this extraordinary gift will persuade others to step forward and offer financial support for medical education.

Notes to editors
For more information or to request an interview please contact Paul Summerfield, Development Director, Royal Society of Medicine:
T: +44 (0) 20 7290 3857
M: +44 (0) 7789 203735
For photographs of the event please contact David Itzcovitz, Marketing & Communications Department, Royal Society of Medicine:
T: +44 (0) 20 7290 2962
M: +44 (0) 7708 547 149

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