CHI was set up in the early 1990s by Roy and Dorothea Ridgway in memory of their son Tony, who died from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 29, having lived far longer than anyone had expected. Roy had previously worked with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and when the Iron Curtain came down, decided to use his contacts to help improve treatment for CF patients in the former Soviet Union. Several projects have been undertaken in Moscow and around Ukraine, which have led to the development of a more integrated approach to the care of children with CF.
Roy sadly died in late 2000, but his work has continued in the same vein, moving from Russia to other countries, such as India, where we think we can help. Dorothea remained a driving force and inspiration to the charity until shortly before her death in September 2008.
Child Health International retain strong family ties with the Ridgways. Roy and Dorothea’s son, Michael, remains a valued Trustee, while Michael’s son, Laurie, has helped raise vital funds running the London Marathon in 2016.
CHI is Registered Charity No1014734