What Do We Support:


The foundation supports all aspects of health, a wide ranging remit acknowledging that “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

The funding of health is not merely seen as supporting hospitals and hospices, or research and development into mainstream diseases, although Barcapel has done (as displayed in the case study below), and will continue to, make such donations. Apart from the mainstream Barcapel is a particularly enthusiastic supporter of:

Complementary Medicine

Complementary Medicine describes practices used in conjunction and cooperation with conventional medicine, to assist the existing process. Barcapel has made substantial donations to the Homeopathic Trust for Research & Education as well as establishing The Nelson Barcapel Teaching Fellowship at Exeter University, specifically to enable postgraduate medical practitioners to take the Integrated Healthcare programme and critically assess a diverse range of approaches to health and social care.

Mental Health

Barcapel is commited to supporting the treatment of mental health problems as well as promoting awareness of the issues and facts surrounding mental health. We are committed to attempting to reduce the stigmatisation and increase understanding both from a patients point of view, and a wider perspective.

Case Study – Health

  • Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. It is at the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and helping people with life-threatening diseases.

    Bio-Detection Dogs are trained to find the odour of diseases, such as cancer, in samples such as urine, breath and swabs. Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to detect minute changes in an individual’s personal odour triggered by their disease and alert them to an impending medical event.

    Barcapel awarded a grant of £45,000 to assist the research, development and delivery of project activity to improve the quality of life of individuals with Type 1 Diabetes and other diseases.

    In taking the decision to award the grant the trustees were influenced by:

    • the ambition and expertise of the principal people involved
    • the fact the research was innovative and ground breaking
    • the trustees commitment to “pump priming” projects