Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Caring for Caroline Medical Trust is a registered medical trust set up to support the ongoing struggle of Caroline Fagan Heyenga against a rare and debilitating cancer called Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma.

Caroline has received the best of care and treatment for many years in Irish hospitals but must now pursue the most advanced treatment available overseas. The Trust was established to enable Caroline to continue a programme of medical care that she receives from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Funds donated to the Caring for Caroline Medical Trust will be administered by the Trustees to directly support her medical and travel costs. No money donated to the Foundation will go to supplement any personal expenses. The Caring for Caroline Trust is dedicated to supporting Caroline in her ongoing battle with cancer and to raising public awareness of Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma.

Statement of Guiding Principles

The Caring for Caroline Foundation has adopted the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. The full details of the Statement can be accessed on the ICTR website, or you can download a copy here.


The Board/Trustees and Management of the charity are accountable for the charity’s fundraising activities as follows:

1. By promoting the existence of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and other relevant Codes to the public, donors and supporters;

2. By ensuring a feedback mechanism is in place whereby anyone can comment to the fulfillment of the standards outlined in the Statement;

3. By ensuring that the charity’s commitment to best practice in fundraising is communicated in all public policy statements by stating same in relevant public communications (annual reports, website, policy statements, governance documents, leaflets and communication materials etc);

4. By, where relevant, putting in place training and development opportunities for relevant staff and volunteers;

5. By ensuring that all relevant suppliers and contractors are informed about and contracted to adhere to the standards in the Statement in their fundraising work for the charity;

6. By assessing the charity’s fundraising strategy on a regular basis according to the guiding principles of this Statement;

7. By including reference to adherence to the Statement in the guiding principles of the charity;

8. By ensuring that senior management take responsibility for implementing and adhering to the Statement;

9. By being open to the charity engaging in setting sector standards, including feeding back on their experience on these standards and participating in the development of future standards.

Fundraising exists only to support the overall mission of the charity in question. Therefore the Board/Trustees and Management of the charity are accountable to the organisation’s beneficiaries, service users, clients, donors, funders and volunteers for the charity’s overall performance. The Board/Trustees and Management shall therefore ensure:

1. That the activities of the organisation are focused on achieving the objectives set out in the organisation’s charter, and that these are translated into a vision, policy, strategies and budget;

2. The organisation’s expenditure is handled in a transparent, effective and efficient manner, in line with an agreed annual plan and budget, and according to a predetermined process for evaluating and taking decisions on the allocation of funds;

3. Fundraising is handled in a transparent, effective and efficient manner, in line with an agreed plan and according to methods that are deemed socially acceptable;

4. The organisation has adopted a policy for activities involving volunteers, including their relationship and communications with volunteers and the method of managing volunteers;

5. The organisation has the means to adequately control the way it functions and to alert it to, and to cope with, any risks in good time.

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