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The Foundation organises major Fundraising events such as the annual Gala evening and the Women of Dumfries & Galloway Lunch which are coordinated through Event committees and run by enthusiastic volunteers. It also runs an annual programme of Crichton Conversations which attract inspiring speakers on topical issues and raise awareness of the Crichton to the local community.
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04/06/13 - Elizabeth Crichton Founder's Day Lunch and Henry Duncan Lecture Read More
On Monday 20th May, the Crichton Foundation hosted a lunch at Easterbrook Hall to celebrate the legacy made by Mrs Elizabeth Crichton of Friar’s Carse who, in 1839, founded a mental hospital at the Crichton, an institution which was to become one of the foremost psychiatric hospitals in Europe. Over the preceding twenty years she had tried and failed to persuade the powers that be to support the endowment of a University in Dumfries.
The Crichton Royal Institute grew steadily in reputation over the next century leading the way in the treatment of mental health. The first formal nurse training was established at the Crichton in 1854 six years before Florence Nightingale set up her Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas’s in London.
Education and training have always been a high priority and Elizabeth Crichton’s dream is realised today with the development of the Crichton University Campus.
The Henry Duncan Memorial Lecture was established in 2010 to celebrate the Bicentenary of the founding of the savings bank model by Rev Henry Duncan of Ruthwell. Rev Duncan was a close associate and friend of Elizabeth Crichton supporting her in her campaign for a University.
Appointed as parish minister of Ruthwell in 1799, Rev Duncan set to work to revive the very deprived community. His founding of a savings bank in 1810 created a banking model which encouraged prudence and saving, was accessible to poor folk. The savings bank was an immediate success and within a very few years spread around the globe. In 2010 there were over 2,700 savings banks in 79 countries across the world.
The Henry Duncan lecture in 2013 was delivered by Professor Hamish McRae. Professor McRae is an Associate Editor and Chief Economic Correspondent for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday he is also a columnist on the London Evening Standard. He is the author of the acclaimed work The World in 2020: Power, Culture and Prosperity, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Since its publication he has been in demand world-wide as a speaker on the future. His latest book What Works: Success in Stressful Times was published in 2010.
As an economic journalist, he was editor of Euromoney and financial editor of The Guardian before moving to The Independent. His awards include Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2006 British press Awards. He has a master’s degree in economics and political science from Trinity College Dublin, where he is now an adjunct professor of economics.
Married to Frances Cairncross, Hamish has a long connection with Galloway where he has had a home for many years. Honorary Patrons of the Crichton Foundation, Hamish and Frances are staunch supporters of the development of the Crichton University Campus.
04/06/13 - An Evening with Ann Widdecombe Read More
An Evening with Ann WiddecombeOn Thursday 25th April the Crichton Foundation warmly welcomed the return to the campus of the Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe. In March 2012, when she spoke at the Women of Dumfries and Galloway Lunch, such was the demand for tickets the event was sold out within a week of the invitations being posted. Over 250 women were disappointed at being unable to obtain tickets. Ann most generously offered to return to the Crichton Campus to speak once again and provide an additional opportunity for the disappointed women to come along.
Considered a national treasure since her appearances on Strictly Come Dancing, Ann was a Conservative Member of Parliament for 23 years and has subsequently continued her very successful career as a writer and television presenter.
An audience of 300 guests enjoyed a glass of wine before Ann entertained them with her fund of wonderful anecdotes and recounted her life story from being the MP for Maidstone through to her recent performances in pantomime. A question and answer session followed which covered both serious and lighthearted topics.
A raffle was held in aid of the Crichton Foundation and over £2800 was raised overall. 100% of this will go to projects encouraging more students to study at the Crichton Campus and through the Foundation's Awards and Grants schemes will help very many to achieve their ambitions.
The event was both enjoyable and sucessful and the Foundation is very grateful to Ann for returning to the Crichton.
27/05/13 - The 11th annual Women of Dumfries and Galloway Lunch Read More
The Women of Dumfries and Galloway Lunch
The 11th annual Women of Dumfries and Galloway Lunch was held on Friday 8 March 2013. Vicky Jardine-Paterson, chairman, welcomed two entertaining and informative speakers; Isobel Rutter is an actress, comedienne and playwright and Terri Duhon is a global fanancier and author. Guests enjoyed a glass of fizz followed by a delicious, two course lunch before listening to the speakers; afterwards a raffle was held in aid of the Crichton Foundation. Once again this event was a sell-out success and raised over £10,000 - 100% of this will go to projects encouraging more students to study at the Crichton Campus and through the Foundation's Awards and Grants schemes will help very many to achieve their ambitions. The Foundation is very grateful to main sponsor Bonhams and all of our other sponsors, advertisers and supporters in helping to make this event so enjoyable and sucessful.