The ALBORADA Trust Supported Charities page
Grants To Date

Total grants to December 2016 - £11m
Grants agreed to December 2017 - £2m
Current long term commitments - £19.5m

The National Horseracing Museum

Along with a number of other benefactors, the Alborada trust contributed substantially to the cost of The renovation and setting up of the new museum at Palace house in Newmarket. The museum have acknowledged this in naming the educational wing as The Alborada Education Centre.

Veterinary Research

At a total cost of over £800,000, the trust is funding research on three fronts at the Royal veterinary College, London and the Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine.
Further, there is a desperate need in the thoroughbred breeding industry for a vaccine to counter the equine herpes virus and the trustees are considering making substantial contributions towards the cost of a five year project to achieve this. It is being organised by the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. The AHT are pursuing a multidisciplinary and multispecies approach involving veterinary scientists at the RVC, Bristol, Nottingham, Cambridge and Berlin. The total cost of this project will be in the region of £2m

East Anglian Air Ambulance

The Trust has recently made a donation of £25,000 to cover the cost of purchase and conversion of a Land Rover ambulance to act as a Rapid Response Vehicle in support of their air ambulance.”

The ALBORADA Building at Bristol University Veterinary School

ALBORADA Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science

James Wood, a veterinary epidemiologist with particular interests in infectious diseases, was appointed ALBORADA Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science at the University of Cambridge in October 2008, following The ALBORADA Trust’s generous endowment of the professorship. He had been working as Director of the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium in the Department of Veterinary Medicine for the previous 4 years, in a scheme devised to bring more veterinarians into infectious disease research – linking research programmes between Cambridge and other local research institutions, including the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Animal Health Trust, the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) and the Institute of Zoology.

As well as taking on responsibility for the equine and farm animal teaching and clinical activities at the Veterinary School, the endowment has allowed James to vigorously pursue his research programmes and has underpinned grant income or joint awards since 2008 of £8.1 million. This research programme focuses on emergence of infectious diseases, with particular regard to the fact that most new diseases of humans evolve from animals, including wildlife. The research programme falls into 3 main areas, comprising the ecology and emergence of mammalian influenza viruses, the maintenance and emergence of RNA viruses from African fruit bats and the epidemiology and control of important animal diseases, including bovine tuberculosis, African Horse Sickness and Blue Tongue.

The present commitment of the ALBORADA trust runs to 2027 at a cost of over £3m, some £1m having been paid to date.


The Alzheimer’s Research UK Stem Cell Research Centre was established with the generous support of The ALBORADA Trust in 2014 and opened formally in 2015. The Centre is a pioneering collaboration between researchers at the University of Cambridge and UCL (University College, London). It builds on Nobel Prize-winning science conducted by Sir John Gurdon and uses the latest human stem cell technology to understand the biology of Alzheimer’s disease and to screen for new treatments.

The Research Centre brings together clinicians at UCL’s Institute of Neurology, with unique access to patient samples, and stem cell experts at the University of Cambridge’s Gurdon Institute. The Centre’s scientists are taking skin cells kindly donated by people with rare genetic forms of Alzheimer’s and using cutting-edge techniques to transform them first of all back into stem cells and then into working nerve cells. These final cells have many of the features of the nerve cells in the brain that become damaged in Alzheimer’s disease.


Brain stem cells made from skin cells donated by a person with Alzheimer’s. Copyright Livesey group, Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge.

Dr Rick Livesey is leading the work of the Stem Cell Research Centre at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge. He has demonstrated that the nerve cells in his laboratory develop key features of Alzheimer’s and can be used to study the disease more closely than is possible through brain scans. The findings from his team’s work are not only applicable to genetic forms of Alzheimer’s but could also inform our understanding of the more common non-genetic forms.

The innovative techniques being developed by the Stem Cell Research Centre are enabling scientists to investigate key aspects of Alzheimer’s disease in a lab-based system and to screen rapidly for potential new treatments in advance of clinical trials in patients.



The Brooke is the UK’s leading working equine welfare charity, dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world's poorest communities. There are more than 100 million working horses, donkeys and mules worldwide. Through direct intervention and working with partners, they provide treatment to those animals most in need, as well as training and education to their owners and the wider community. The Brooke has already improved the quality of life for more than 2 million working equines and has an ambitious strategy to improve this figure.

The ALBORADA trusts present commitment to The Brooke is £1m over 4 years - to help with its important work in the brick kilns of Pakistan.


The University of Cambridge’s wide-ranging and long-term strategy of engagement with African higher education institutions moved into its next phase following the recent announcement of a $1.2 million grant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a $1 million grant by The ALBORADA Trust.

The 36-month award approved by the Carnegie Corporation’s Board of Trustees, alongside the four-year grant made by The ALBORADA Trust, will significantly enhance the funding already provided by the Isaac Newton Trust, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, and the University of Cambridge for the establishment of the Cambridge-Africa Partnerships for Research Excellence (CAPREx).

CAPREx aims to strengthen Africa’s capacity for sustainable excellence in research through close collaborative work with the region’s most talented individuals.

Building on successful partnerships with the University of Ghana and also Uganda’s Makerere University, CAPREx’s goal is to widen the scope of engagement to include the whole of the University of Cambridge and involve a greater number of higher education institutions in Africa.

The University of Cambridge has a long and rich tradition of research in Africa, although most of it had previously depended on discreet collaborations between individuals or specific academic departments.

A more joined-up strategy has recently emerged for holistic engagement with African universities, based on existing initiatives such as THRiVE (Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa) and MUII (Infection and Immunity Research Training Programme), both sponsored by The Wellcome Trust.

These capacity-building programmes focus on PhD and postdoctoral researchers in health-related disciplines. Young African researchers are matched with leading Cambridge academics who provide mentorship and support.

The ’Cambridge in Africa’ programme is led by Professor David Dunne (Department of Pathology), with input from Professors James Wood and Duncan Maskell (Department of Veterinary Medicine and now Deputy Vice-Chancellor) and Professor Megan Vaughan (Centre of African Studies), and support from Dr Pauline Essah.

It works in partnership with African universities and research institutes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, among others.

Professor Dunne, who has collaborated with colleagues from African institutions for over three decades, said: “I am delighted that we have received generous funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and from The ALBORADA Trust to support our Cambridge in Africa Programme.

The current commitment of the ALBORAD Trust runs to 2025 at a cost of over £4m.

Picture Caption: Dr Robert Tweyongyere, MUII fellow, working in Professor David Dunne’s laboratory, Cambridge, August 2011

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

With the help of The ALBORADA Trust, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a new Surgical Emergency Referral Hospital in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.

Named ‘Nap Kenbe’ – Creole for staying well – the surgical referral hospital is the third facility providing emergency treatment that MSF has opened in Port-au-Prince since the earthquake.

Nab Kenbe Hospital, Tabarre, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. MSF@Yann Libessart

Work on the 107-bed Nap Kenbe Hospital began in 2011 and was completed in February 2012. The hospital treats victims of accidental trauma, such as falls and road accidents, and victims of violence, such as beatings, assaults and bullet wounds. The surgical hospital is able to carry out 150 surgeries a month.

In a country where 75 percent of the population live below the poverty line, and where referral facilities are vastly inadequate, the hospital will improve access to surgical care for everyone in Port-au-Prince.

A trauma patient being treated at
Nap Kenbe Hospital on 19th March
2012. MSF@Yann Libessart

Trauma injuries are one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in Haiti. Surgery capabilities are needed, as are permanent structures in which to carry them out. As a result MSF created a container health structure that would bridge the gap between the emergency response and the longer-term response and would provide a variety of essential surgery services in a site that could be used by the city.

Louis, 2 years old, was referred to Nap Kenbe Hospital in March 2012 from Martissant (MSF Emergency Hospital) when she needed an operation on her left hand after an accident in a construction site near her home. MSF@Laura

“By bringing together Haitian health professionals and high tech equipment, the Nap Kenbe Hospital makes it possible to deliver high quality care in a city where many Haitians have had no access to emergency trauma treatment,” says Gaëtan Drossart, MSF’s head of mission in Haiti.

“At a time when the Haitian government and donors are working to rebuild the country, it is essential to deal with the shortcomings in high quality and accessible medical care for a very impoverished population.”

MSF is incredibly grateful to The ALBORADA Trust for their continued support to the new Nap Kenbe Hospital which has helped us to treat a huge number of patients each month. In addition to a grant towards our work in Nigeria, the ALBORADA trust has agreed substantial grants towards the cost of our refugee camps in Beirut and Sudan through to 2020 at a cost of over half a million pounds.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


A muscular preparation of a horse by Edward Snape, 1778.


The Alborada trust is a big supporter of Actionaid and have agreed grants of three quarters of a million pounds for the next three years to assist their work in Nepal and in Haiti, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Last year the ALBORADA trust donated £100,000 to Actionaid to help with their work in fightign EBOLA in Sierra Leone.

Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Rebuilding faces and lives with the help of 3D printing


In January 2015, the Trustees of the Alborada Trust awarded Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust a very generous grant of £80,775 to set-up an in-house 3D printing service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. This report shows what your grant has helped to achieve.

Project background

Medical 3D printing is a quick and cost-effective way of producing models of organs or anatomic structures that accurately represent a patient’s anatomy. Models derived from MRI, X-ray or CT scans that depict the unique and intricate details of a patient’s condition, enable surgeons to take planning for surgery to another level. Previously, off-the-shelf surgical implants had to be bent into place during surgery while the patient was under anaesthetic. Thanks to 3D printing, bespoke implants can be custom-tailored before surgery. This, together with the surgeons’ improved understanding about what to expect, ensures that patients benefit from better results and less time spent in the operating theatre.

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Wolfson College Cambridge

£1.5m for Scholarships to Wolfson College

The ALBORADA Trust has made an unprecedented commitment to support Veterinary and Medical Science students at Wolfson College Cambridge with a gift of £1.5m, to mark the College’s 50th Anniversary.

Wolfson is home to both mature undergraduate and postgraduate students, who are studying all disciplines. They come from over 80 countries and many describe their time at the College as life-changing. The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, has said that Wolfson students have a special role to play in building the future of Cambridge University.

The ALBORADA Trust’s visionary investment will be transformative for the student recipients of the ALBORADA Scholarships and for the College, ensuring that it continues to be at the centre of the University’s vision for the future.

Up to 50 students will benefit from substantial financial assistance for at least three years of their study at Wolfson.  This is the largest gift to Wolfson’s £5m 50th Anniversary Campaign to date, and the College is enormously grateful to the Trustees for their outstanding generosity in making this exceptional gift which marks a significant culmination to the College’s 50th Anniversary year.

The grant will secure the award of scholarships at Wolfson College until 2025 and will be a huge help to many students who might otherwise be unable to go into medicine or become veterinary surgeons.
The following are some of the other charities who have received support from The ALBORADA Trust since its inception in 2001.
Age Concern
Alzheimer Research UK
Animal Health Trust
British Racing School
Bristol Veterinary School
The Brooke
Cancer Research UK
Greenwich Hospital Foundation
Home of Horseracing Trust
Injured Jockeys’ Fund
Macmillan Appeal
Medecins Sans Frontieres
National Trust (Wicken Fen Project)
Natural History Museum
Racing Welfare
RCVS Knowledge
Royal Veterinary College Animal Care Trust
The University of Cambridge
The ALBORADA Professorship
Cambridge in Africa
Lecturer in Epidemiology
Research in Epidemiology
Veterinary School Trust
Woolfson College
Wildlife Vets International

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