Ostomy Lifestyle is seeking help from the local community to support the vital work of its Ostomy Aid project – supplying medical ostomy appliances to people in need across the globe…
Bracknell based Ostomy Lifestyle and its project OstomyAid, having recently experienced some financial difficulties are currently being supported by fellow charity – the Colostomy Association (www.colostomyassociation. org.uk) based in Reading.
We are seeking support from the local community in respect of financial donations, assistance with supplying large to medium plain brown cardboard boxes for an imminent move of premises (locally on 23rd April – within The Courtyard development, RG12 2XB). Kind thanks go to Landlord, John Reed of Reedspace for his enthusiasm, kind assistance and continued offer of premises to house the Charity.
We are also seeking voluntary support in the form of people power required to help with the unpacking, sorting and repacking of hundreds of donations of unused stoma care supplies (large plastic crates are also needed for sorting), that go to people in need across Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Everyday those living with a stoma in these areas of the world have little or no access to essential stoma care medical products so are forced to use anything that comes to hand often resorting to taping an empty carrier bag or coffee jar over their stoma to collect their body’s waste.
OstomyAid was set up in 2010 with the sole purpose of gathering surplus unused stoma bags and ostomy supplies from around the UK so they could be put to much better use rather than being destined for landfill. The project brings dignity back into the lives of hundreds of people – enabling an improved quality of life – for those who otherwise have no access to stoma care supplies and appliances.
Since its inception, OstomyAid has delivered more than £1,000,000’s worth of stoma care supplies into the hands of people in need – some of the first countries to benefit from OstomyAid were Ethiopia, Ghana, Kosovo, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Gambia, Papua new Guinea and Uganda. More than 30,000 pouches are now being dispatched every month to countries like Moldova, Iran and Zimbabwe.
Ostomy Lifestyle partners with other like-minded charities working on the ground, to get OstomyAid supplies to where they are needed. Some have good relationships with government health departments whilst others have close working ties with hospitals and hospices ensuring these precious supplies get to the people who really need them – and they really do! Partners include Hope and Aid Direct, Cradle of Life, Hospices of Hope, Wantok and Smile International.
Please pledge your help in whatever way you can to secure our future so the charity can continue its vital work through its OstomyAid project and other services such as its 24 hour helpline – bringing back dignity to the lives of thousands of people. Please get in touch today to help change someone’s life for the better! Thank you.
Telephone: 0118 324 0069