The Alpha Omega London Charitable Trust was established in 1972 and continues to be extremely active in its mission to support the ‘advancement of dental education, research and care, wherever it is needed’. The Trustees, who represent both the London Chapter and Trust, meet regularly to ensure appropriate and prompt distribution of funds to worthy causes always creating a positive social impact and ensuring the highest levels of governance.
Projects supported by the London Charitable Trust fall into four main areas harmonising with the over-arching ethos of Alpha Omega and have included the following over the past ten years:
- UK Charities: supporting oral health assessments and dental hygiene programmes for special care residents at Norwood (formerly Ravenswood) and the TreeHouse School at the National Centre for Autism.
- Dental Schools in Israel: providing equipment and facilities to enhance patient care outcomes as well as undergraduate, postgraduate and specialty training at the Hadassah and Tel Aviv Dental Schools and the Rambam Medical Centre.
- Overseas Clinics and Charities: essential funding to improve care and promote oral health projects at Aleh Negev, Beit Issie Shapiro, Dental Volunteers for Israel, Israeli Army Dental Corps, Jaffa Dental Institute, Luba Slome and Yad Sarah. A fully equipped ambulance was gifted to Magen David Adom. Surgical and medical equipment has also been donated to the Poriya and Laniado Hospitals. Further afield, support has been directed towards reducing levels of primary dental disease in Eastern European communities through World Jewish Relief.
- Prizes and Awards: the Trustees are very keen to support our younger colleagues who are the future of our profession and of Alpha Omega. In this regard, the following postgraduate prizes are awarded at Hadassah: The Ino Sciaky Prize in Oral Medicine, The Michman Prize in Prosthodontics and The Murray Woolf Prize in Orthodontics. Closer to home, and in order to increase the local profile and awareness of Alpha Omega, several undergraduate elective scholarships for dental students and postgraduate travel scholarships for specialist trainees are offered each year. In addition, and in association with the Zamet family, the Dr John Zamet Memorial Prize in Periodontal Research is awarded every two years to a postgraduate specialist trainee in periodontology in the UK.
The London Charitable Trust is delighted to work so closely with the London Chapter of Alpha Omega and to enjoy excellent relationships with so many of our senior colleagues in the dental trade who are extremely generous supporters of our widening participation and social enterprise initiatives.
We are indebted to the two previous Chairs of the Charitable Trust, Dr Bernard Herson and Professor Harold Preiskel, the Trustees and our many members and supporters for raising almost £750,000 to date. We thank you and are determined to continue with this important work.
Professor Andrew Eder
Chair, The Alpha Omega London Charitable Trust
TRUST COUNCIL 2019/2020
Professor Andrew Eder (Chairman, Alpha Omega London Charitable Trust)
Dr Mervyn Druian (Trustee and Past AO President)
Dr Aron Marcus (Trustee & Treasurer)
Dr Stephen Handelsman (Trustee & Secretary)
Dr Eddie Scher (Trustee)
Dr Richard Horwitz (Chair, AO London Chapter)
Dr John Wolffe (Trustee and Past AO President)