In March 2017, the British School of Osteopathy will reach its 100th birthday. In the months leading up to this momentous celebration, we are launching a campaign to reach out to our alumni throughout the years.
A small team of BSO students will be calling and talking to our graduates from years’ gone by. They will be recording memories of their studies at the BSO for inclusion in a book about our history, and talking to them about the School’s current and future plans. They will also be making sure we have accurate contact information for invitations to our centenary events next year.
The team behind the centenary planning have given a great deal of thought as to the focus of any fundraising campaign associated with our significant birthday. As we are happily in a secure financial position, there is no urgent funding need for the School’s core work – though many of our alumni will remember previous years where that wasn’t the case.
Left: John Martin Littlejohn, founder of the British School of Osteopathy.
Instead, the team have chosen to fundraise for the projects that the School undertakes to provide free care to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. Our work with people who are homeless, babies and children, people living with HIV infection and older adults are important and have an enormous impact on individual lives. We know from conversations with students, staff and alumni how proud we all are of the way that the BSO has been able to help those who need it most. Our student callers will be asking alumni if they want to support these projects with a contribution.
Everyone at the BSO appreciates the ‘giving back’ that so many of our alumni already do – whether they make a regular monthly gift, hold a collecting tin and poster in their practice, or simply talk to their patients about studying osteopathy here, or contributing to our work. All of these contributions are valuable (indeed three recent legacy gifts were the direct result of our alumni talking to their patients about our work) and we are grateful for all your support.
We will keep this page updated with information about our centenary events as they progress. In the meantime, to make sure you get contacted by our student team and that we have the right contact information for you on file, please click here to join our Centenary Celebrations list or call 020 7089 5336. If you have any comments, queries or concerns, please use the same contact details to let us know your thoughts.
The School has joined the Fundraising Standards Board, and aims to always uphold the highest standards in the way it raises funds for its charitable work. The British School of Osteopathy is an exempt charity.