Jackie Fowler

Volunteer, Website Editor, Fundraiser
Physiotherapist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

picture-12I was born in Exeter, and grew up in Dorset. Following a short career as a professional dancer, I went back to education and completed my physiotherapy degree at University West of England 1994 – 97. I then worked as a junior physio in Cheltenham, before starting senior rotations at the RD&E in 1999. I met Andrew Hodges whilst on the plastics and reconstructive surgery rotation, and asked him to talk about his experience in Uganda for one of our Physiotherapy department meetings – I was inspired to start some fundraising. With the help of colleague, Amanda Wright, we set up an information evening in 2003 to raise awareness of the charity. That Summer I cycled with my husband (Tim) from Lands End to John O’ Groats, and with some extremely generous sponsorship raised £2,500. We have since completed more challenges, and organise family challenges to raise money for the charity.  I have been involved with the Interface Uganda committee since Karen Devaraj asked me in 2005. I visited Uganda in June 2013, and spent most of my time at CoRSU hospital, helping and teaching the therapy team there about hand therapy and splinting.  I now edit the website and facebook pages, and regularly send out equipment to the therapy department at CoRSU hospital.