Interface Uganda relies completely on donations and services from supporters and from fundraising efforts. Here are some of the people and companies who have regularly given us support:
BAPRAS – BRITISH ASSOSCIATION OF PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEONS
Visiting surgeons to Uganda are generally BAPRAS members. BAPRAS overseas committee are very supportive of the work undertaken by Interface.
BESLEY AND COPP PRINTERS
Besley and Copp printers have very kindly printed our promotional leaflets for free on two occasions.
Diamedica provides medical equipment for the world’s most challenging environments. They also provide anaesthesia training and support, which Sarah Hodges has been involved with in Uganda. To read more about this, see ‘NEWS: Anaesthesia for Developing Countries, Kampala’ on their website (link above).
FAIRVIEW ARCHITECTURE (SEAN AND MARY KEANEY)
As well as participating in events, they have also sent regular donations – many thanks.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Oxford, who visited Uganda for 3 months in 2010, working with Andrew and Sarah Hodges. He gave an extremely thought-provoking presentation about his time in Uganda at our annual information evening in July 2011. Marc is now also one of our trustees.
MIDLANDS ANAESTHETIC SOCIETY
A large donation given to Interface Uganda to be spent specifically on anaesthetic needs in Uganda. This is now being used to train an anaesthetic officer from Kumi hospital in the East to upgrade his paediatric anaesthetic skills. It will pay for his accommodation and give him a stipend while in Kampala for 1-2 months. Any money left over will be used to upgrade another anaesthetic officer. Thank you.
Neil Tarn (plaster technician at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital) is both a fundraiser and has visited Uganda, helping with the training programme for Ugandan hospital staff.
Paul Townsend – is a very experienced plastic surgeon based in Bristol who has been supporting the Plastic surgery program since 2005. During his visits he has passed on many skills and the first free flap in Uganda was performed with assistance from Paul. He has now retired in the UK so has decided not to continue to operate in Uganda. Paul has donated many extremely valuable microsurgery instruments, journals and many other pieces of equipment to the department in Uganda, but he will be most remembered for his incredibly patient teaching of our students – standing for hours without complaint while a student slowly dissects out a flap or performs their first microsurgical anastomosis – those hours are unseen by others but will have a lasting impact for the people of Uganda.
PRIMLEY CHURCH, SIDMOUTH
INTERFACE UGANDA has been Primley’s foreign charity of choice since 2006. The church and many fund raising efforts associated within various Sidmouth societies have helped to make donations to the charity.
Primley Church is a small, friendly, evangelical church. It is set within a large residential area on the outskirts of Sidmouth. Its purpose is to serve God, by growing as a caring church family, in order to share His love in our community. The church has always maintained strong links with other local churches and also supports the charity-run Mustard Seed Christian café and bookshop in the town.
It also especially supports St Petrock’s in Exeter as its local charity and Samaritan’s Purse and INTERFACE UGANDA, as its foreign Charities.
Rebecca Devaraj spent 2 weeks with a team from Interface Uganda and 2 weeks at Kagando hospital in the Western Ugandan mountains in 2007. She produced a 15-minute film showing the work of Interface Uganda, which you can view here. Or, if you would like a copy of our DVD, please contact us. Rebecca then visited Uganda in 2013, to produce another film, entitled: Interface Uganda: 10 Years On. This video can be viewed here.
SIDMOUTH INNER WHEEL
Thank you to the ladies of the Sidmouth Inner Wheel group, who have generously supported us with donations.
SIDMOUTH METHODIST CHURCH
Regular supporters and fundraisers. Some fundraising events have included cream tea afternoons, open gardens, concerts, as well as two members of the church undertaking a huge sponsored walk of the South West Coast path – read about their adventure in our news archive – April 2009.
THE MILLWARD TRUST
Regular donations which have helped with shipment of equipment and containers to Uganda.
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST MARGARET, WOLSTON, COVENTRY
The Parish church of St Margaret regularly donate on a monthly basis to Interface Uganda. This is the church attended by Andrew Hodges’ mum.
THE PLASTICS TEAM AT THE ROYAL DEVON AND EXETER HOSPITAL
The plastics team have been invaluable both in supporting members of staff going out to Uganda to work and train Ugandan hospital staff, and in welcoming staff from Uganda to the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital. Thank you to the staff on Abbey ward and to the plastics rehabilitation team.
A big thank you to Thomson Reuters, who have generously matched sponsorship money from various events completed by some of their staff. The last donation was for £479 – money raised by Tim Fowler, one of their employees, after cyling the Vatternrundan in June 2011. Other donations from Thomson Reuters include matching sponsorship after a Lands End to John O’Groats cycling event in 2009.
Consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Vikram Devaraj has visited Uganda on several occasions, using his time there to provide training programmes for Ugandan hospital staff, as well as performing surgery and changing the lives of many Ugandan people. He also regularly fundraises for the charity by giving talks and presentations to various groups, and participating in sporting events.