About the Organisation

RAPHAEL was founded in 1959 in Dehradun (Uttarakhand) jointly by Group Captain Lord Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire of Woodhall, VC, OM, DSO***, DFC and his wife, Baroness Sue Ryder of Warsaw, CMG, OBE. Their mission was all-encompassing – the relief of suffering.

RAPHAEL is a duly registered charitable society governed by a Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations. It caters to the needs of the economically weaker sections of society in the State of Uttarakhand and the neighbouring districts of North Western Uttar Pradesh.

All its facilities and services are provided free to its beneficiaries. And, it is entirely dependent on its benefactors for financial support.

Know Us
Gen Bakshi & Leonard Cheshire

Leonard Cheshire was one of the most distinguished pilots of the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II. In 1948, after his discharge from the RAF on medical grounds, he set up a hospice in his own home – nursing and caring for the sick and dying. Later, this grew into the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity which lent support to the disabled throughout the world. In 1991 during his last visit he handed over the care of Raphael to Major General Ranbir (Rummy) Bakhshi, MC. Leonard Cheshire died in 1992.

Sue Ryder served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II. She was closely associated with Polish service personnel operating behind enemy lines in German occupied Poland. After the War she was deeply involved in providing relief to the survivors of Nazi Concentration Camps and refugees in war torn Western Europe. She set up the Sue Ryder Foundation and The Lady Ryder Warsaw Memorial Trust to provide shelter to the homeless and disabled. Sue Ryder passed away in 2000.

Charitable Society

Raphael is registered with the following:

  • Registrar of Societies, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow; Up to 10 Oct 2020
  • Rehabilitation Council of India; Valid up to the end of academic year 2020-21
  • The National Trust; Valid up to 26 Feb 2022
  • Niti Aayog; Valid for perpetuity
  • Income Tax Act, 1961 (Sections 12 A and 80 G); Valid for perpetuity
  • Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995; Valid up to 28 Apr 2020
  • Foreign Contribution (Regulatory) Act, 2010; Valid up to 01 Nov 2021
  • Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015: Valid up to 15 Oct 2024
  • Medical Pollution Control Committee; Valid up to 31 March 2020
  • The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009; Valid up to Nov 2024

RAPHAEL’s Permanent Account No (PAN) is AAAAR2808Q.

It is currently the State Nodal Agency Centre (SNAC) for persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability and Multiple Disabilities

Governing Council

Governing Council

A Governing Council constitutes the “governing body of the Society”. It is responsible for the “supervision of the work of the Society and the management of its affairs”. It comprises 12 elected and 2 ex-officio members. It meets every quarter.

The elected members of the Council are citizens of Dehradun. They represent a cross section of professions – social work, academia, business, law, medicine, finance, civil services & the Armed Forces. The ex-officio members are the Commandant, Military Hospital, Dehradun and the District Chief Medical Officer, Dehradun.

Governing Council members are not in receipt of any kind of remuneration for the services they render.

Name Gender D.O.B Occupation Member/ Medicine
1 Lt Gen RK Nanavatty (RETD) M 18/05/1943 Indian Army Chairman
2 Lt Gen PC Bhardwaj (RETD) M 27/11/1950 Indian Army Vice Chairman / Land, Buildings & Infrastructure
3 Ms Sunita Garware F 27/11/1946 Business Fund Raising
4 Ms Indu RV Singh F 10/03/1933 Social Worker Member / Public Relations
5 Dr JN Kalhan M 30/12/1939 Medical Member / Medical
6 Mr JM Singhal M 09/06/1966 Advocate Member / Legal Affairs
7 Mr GIG Mann M 16/09/1963 MLA & Educationist Member / Liaison State Government
8 Lt Gen GS Negi (RETD) M 24/11/1944 Indian Army Member / Human Resource Management
9 Ms Jyotsna Brar F 19/05/1953 Educationist Member / Special Education & IT
10 Brigadier AAS Sinha (RETD) M 1/09/1945 Indian Army Finance

Senior Management

Name Position
1 Ms Priyo Lall CEO
2 Col V Hansen (RETD) Administrative Officer
3 Dr Sudhir Peshin Director Medical
4 Ms Anupama Thapliyal Director Special Education
5 Ms Archana Madhwal PRO & SNAC Coordinator, Uttarakhand
6 Ms Nikita Rastogi Accounts Officer




How you can help



We welcome volunteers/interns, overseas and Indian. We provide accommodation and food, at a minimal cost.



Donations can be made in a variety of ways towards any of our 3 main focus areas.