Charlie Waller Institute awards first Caroline Gilbey Scholarship

December 07 2020

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Hewa Khalilifar has won the first Caroline Gilbey Scholarship which provides funding to train therapists in high intensity psychological treatments.
Caroline Gilbey

Caroline Gilbey


The Scholarship was set up in memory of Charlie Waller supporter Caroline Gilbey who generously devoted her time and enthusiasm to the Trust’s London Fundraising Committee. Caroline’s friends and family held a fundraising bike ride which will fund two scholarships at the Charlie Waller Institute within the University of Reading.

Heva Khalilifar

Heva Khalilifar


Psychology student Hewa said: “I felt a career as a therapist would allow me to continue learning about human nature, to hear people’s stories, and ultimately be of service to others. I want to be the person that I needed back when I was in a difficult place. Sometimes it is as simple as telling someone that it is okay for them to feel the intensity of emotion and confusion and convincing them that you believe they have the ability to endure and overcome.”

The Charlie Waller Trust sponsors a Chair in Evidence-based Psychological Treatment at the University of Reading, with clinical training and education being delivered through the Charlie Waller Institute (CWI).
CWI has a programme of training, education and research that contributes significantly to the Trust’s aim to help ensure that expert and evidence-based help is available when people need it.

Clare Stafford, CEO of the Charlie Waller Trust, said:

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Charlie Waller Institute logo

“We are delighted that Hewa Khalilifar is the very worthy beneficiary of this first Caroline Gilbey Scholarship. Caroline was a great friend to the Trust and her generosity and enthusiasm for fundraising was inspiring.”

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