Bupa UK has announced the launch of its new charitable foundation, the Bupa UK Foundation, to support projects and initiatives aiming to tackle changes in health and social care. and impact wellbeing.
In 2015 up to £1 million will be made available for grant-making.
The Bupa UK Foundation's main areas of focus will include heart health, dementia, type 2 diabetes and cancer. It will also focus on factors that underpin health and wellbeing such as mental health, ageing and wellness, management of long-term conditions and behaviour change to improve health and wellbeing.
The theme of the first round of funding will be announced in mid-May when the Bupa UK Foundation will invite applications.
The first funding decisions expected in the summer.
Dr Paula Franklin, medical director of Bupa UK said: "We're really excited to announce the launch of the Bupa UK Foundation. The driving force of our new charitable foundation is to help millions of people to live longer, healthier, happier lives and to engage more people in their health and wellbeing. Our funding will be directed towards projects and initiatives that support this purpose."
The foundation will be governed by a board of trustees - made up of five Bupa UK directors and two external trustees including the former president of the Royal College of Nursing, Andrea Spyropoulos.
The Bupa UK Foundation is one part of Bupa UK's charitable-giving programme. Last month Bupa UK announced that Age UK had been chosen as its strategic charity partner with the aim of raising £1 million over the next two years to support thousands of older people across the UK.
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