Dr Jane Goodman

Dr Jane Goodman

Victim Support has benefited from a £100,000 donation from The Jane Goodman Charitable Trust, which will go towards funding vital services for victims of crime in England and Wales.

The generous donation was made in memory of Dr Jane Goodman, a key figure in Paediatric Dentistry, after she sadly passed away at the age of 70 in 2019 having suffered from a brain tumour.

To commemorate Jane Goodman’s name, Victim Support will use the funds to  help support the work of the charity’s 24/7 Supportline, which provides immediate emotional and practical support to people affected by crime, regardless of whether the incident  has been reported to the police or how long ago it took place. The charity will also set up ‘The Jane Goodman Fund,’ that will provide training and useful resources for staff supporting victims affected by sexual violence across England and Wales.

Diana Fawcett, Chief Executive of Victim Support, said:

We are incredibly grateful to receive this generous donation from the Jane Goodman Trust.

Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to see a rising demand for our services and know too well the devastating impact crime can have on victim’s mental health and sense of safety. This funding will contribute to the running of our vital Supportline, which has been a lifeline for many victims and survivors of crime, and provide staff with enhanced training and resources. We’re proud to keep Jane’s memory alive through the work of our Supportline and The Jane Goodman Fund.”

The Trustees of the Jane Goodman Charitable Trust said: “Jane was grateful for the support she received from Victim Support following a particularly nasty attack, at the time and during the court case which came much later.

Jane was one of those people who made a difference. She left money for charity, and we are glad to be able to contribute to Victim Support in her memory.”

Jane Goodman grew up in Sheffield, trained at Guy’s Hospital, London and, living in Islington, spent most of her career in London, becoming a consultant at the Eastman Dental Hospital. A woman of many talents, she was a brilliant silversmith and had a keen interest in jewellery-making and ceramics, as well as an appetite for travel and culture.

She will be fondly remembered by her friends for her commitment to charity work as well as her love of cooking and tradition, best manifested in the way that she valued and cared for other people.

For more information, please contact Victim Support’s press office, press@victimsupport.org.uk or call 07766 070660.