My father was a gifted, German trained doctor who built up a successful medical practice in Nigeria. He tragically died of liver cancer almost four years ago. Whilst visiting my family in Nigeria recently, I realized that I wanted toestablish something permanent in my father’s name, specifically to encourage future doctors in the UK. Although I chose to become a lawyer,I come from a family of doctors. Morale amongst junior hospital doctors in the UK is at an all-time low. By doing this, I hope to encourage and support future doctors to remain committed to their medical careers despite the challenges they face.
To qualify, candidates will need to be from an African or Afro-Caribbean background with a strong academic record and a demonstrable commitment to giving back to society outside their medical studies. Priority will be given to students at medical school in London or Newcastle,“both being locations where my younger siblings attended medical school”, explains Funke.