History of the charity

DCC is a charity formed to improve healthcare by advancing the development and dissemination of medical knowledge and skills through post graduate healthcare education. The original legacy was bequeathed on the deaths of Walter Dinwoodie in 1971 and his wife shortly after. Shortly before her death she requested that their legacy should be used to improve healthcare through education.

Croxden Quarry

The original legacy was the gift of mineral rights over at Croxden and Coneydale Farm (now one of the largest sand and gravel quarries in Europe). The royalties from the operation of the quarry are used to fund the objectives of the charity. The sand and gravel deposits are expected to last until at least 2035, but in the meantime the charity is keen to accept other donations.

Every pound of royalty income is spent on our charitable purposes. The overheads of the charity are paid for from investment income.

The charity has funded over £12m of projects including:

1. Education facilities at 35 english hospitals

Support is normally in partnership with other funding sources. Large projects usually encompass a new build or major redevelopment of an existing facility, for example the creation of a new simulation suite, with smaller projects contributing to item(s) such as simulation mannequins, or upgrades of education facilities.

2. Research fellowships

DCC supports research into Crohn’s Disease, Prostate Cancer, Hepatitis and the use of simulation in the training of surgeons. In making those grants, we look for sustained improvement in the quality of care for patients and the results achieved are already impacting on improvements to the front line services.

DCC will support postgraduates as Research Fellows. A Fellow has to be a member of a Royal College of Medicine suitably qualified and at least Registrar status. Fellowships are normally for not less than one nor more than three years.

Audited Accounts

A copy of our audited accounts can be seen at:

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Board Composition & Skills

The composition of the Board reflects the needs of the Charity to ensure that the assets of the Charity are appropriately monitored and controlled, and that the assessment of the healthcare & medical benefits of prospective awards are considered by skilled medical professionals.

Of the 5 Board members two are qualified accountants, two are senior consultants in the medical profession and one is a qualified Quantity Surveyor.