Alkionides Charity was founded in Cyprus in 1998 (registration no. 1970) with the aim of providing relief to families facing severe financial and medical hardship and in co-operation with the Welfare services. ‘Alkionides’ are the Halcyon days, the calm bright days in the midst of winter that, according to Greek myth, the Gods gave to the kingfishers to enable them to hatch their eggs on the rocks. Similarly, we aim to brighten the days of these families. Alkionides UK was registered in 2008 (No. 1125976) to support low-income families from Cyprus undergoing medical treatment in UK hospitals.
Alkionides UK is a non-profit, charitable organisation. It consists of dedicated volunteers who give their time and effort in order to help Cypriot families who travel to the UK for essential medical care that is not available in Cyprus. These families face enormous expenses and trying times. In March 2010 we founded the ‘Alkionides nest’, a shelter for disadvantaged Cypriot patients in central London. The ‘nest’ is close to the most widely used hospitals and provides a homely environment, including Internet and Cypriot television; in this way it has become a home-from-home. The Charity covers the cost of the rented accommodation. Our members visit regularly to provide emotional support and often help with transport and translation services.
We raise funds with the help of generous sponsors and by organising cultural events and social functions. The charity prides itself in that all money raised is used to help the patients and their families as administrative costs are kept to an absolute minimum.
Please visit the other pages of the website to find out more about our work and the positive effect it has had on the lives of patients and their families. To learn more about how you can help, please visit our ‘Get Involved’ page or contact us on the number and email provided above.
Donations, even the smallest amount, make a difference and are always welcome!
To learn more about the work of Alkionides Charity in Cyprus please visit the website www.alkionides.org.cy