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Three men, one hamstring and a lot of mud!

Three men, one hamstring and a lot of mud!

On May 20th 2017 three men stepped out of their hotel rooms, and ventured into the grounds of Belvoir castle. After months of ‘training’ we approached the start line of the Tough Mudder course with one goal, to claim the coveted finisher’s orange headband. But before the gun went off we made one solemn pact - whatever horrors we would face that day, however many shoes would be lost forever in those muddy lagoons, no one would be left behind. At first it seemed our team had t...

Jamie's Tough Mudder for Medcare!

Jamie's Tough Mudder for Medcare!

I decided that I wanted to do something different for my 40th birthday and, instead of having a party, decided to fund my place on a Medcare visit to Uganda in June 2017 to see first hand the work of this great charity and, at the same time, try to raise some funds for it. To get people to sponsor me, it had to be something big and, whilst most exercise is big for me, I've done 10km races in the past and it didn't feel like that would inspire people's generosity enough. My wife he...

A bright future for Johnson!

A bright future for Johnson!

This is the miraculous transformation of one little boy in Uganda. Johnson, born with Tetralogy of Fallots, was taken to India in February 2016 for specialised heart surgery. Less than one year later he is walking, running and playing, a miraculous recovery - see for yourself in the videos below. A true miracle! Read Johnson's full story here             ...

Johnson's Journey

Johnson's Journey

Johnson was born on 11th August 2013, the only son of Joseph and Proscovia, a Ugandan couple living in extreme poverty in Masaka, Uganda. Tragically, very soon after birth, it was obvious that Johnson was not a well child and it was discovered that he had been born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot.

Tetralogy of Fallot  involves four anatomical abnormalities of the heart and, in the so called developed world,  is treated with corrective surgery, usually within the first year of life. Tetralogy of Fallot results in low oxygenation of blood.  The primary symptom is low blood oxygen saturation with or without cyanosis from birth (blue baby) or developing in the first year of life. Other symptoms include  difficulty in feeding, failure to gain weight, retarded growth and physical development, and shortness of breath on exertion.

Kingsley Explosion goes with a bang!

Kingsley Explosion goes with a bang!

The Kingsley Explosion charity bonfire and firework display held on October 29th on the Kingsley Playing Fields was a great success.  The weather remained dry and mild, over 250 people attended the event, the bonfire was enormous (thanks to the generous supply of wood from Kingsley residents) and the fireworks were amazing. Kingsley was able to boast of a spectacular 15 minute firework display which thrilled all who were watching. Apologies were sent to all the dog owners however!  

£3,000 was raised for the charity Medcare - a wonderful result which will enable Medcare to transform the lives of hundreds of Ugandan children from sickness and despondency to health and hope.

Karen's Inspirational Ugandan Visit

Karen's Inspirational Ugandan Visit

To have spent ten days in Uganda seeing the work of Wellspring and Medcare in action can only be described as a privilege. As a Nurse experienced in humanitarian development and disaster response, I have been truly moved by this experience. It is no understatement or cliché to say that Medcare really has transformed and saved the lives of many children in a rural area of South West Uganda.

Previously I worked in a hospital in the north of the country and it was during this period back in 2010 that I first visited the Wellspring Children’s Medical Centre. Since then, the size of this healthcare facility has grown significantly to accommodate the needs of the local population and the increasing number of patient referrals. Many of us take access to healthcare for granted and consider it to be a basic human right. This is something that Medcare is making a reality for the children of Kamatuuza and the surrounding districts.

Nolan's Mongolian Fundraising Adventure!

Nolan's Mongolian Fundraising Adventure!

In a moment of pure madness/ midlife crisis (perhaps due to me being 40 this year), I agreed to ride across the Gobi Desert in Mongolia on a dirt bike with 14 other guys from around the globe. The trip is in a remote part of 'Ovorkhangai' province, Mongolia, and we travel south from Ulaanbaatar to the edge of the Gobi Desert, returning via a more mountainous landscape. Accommodation will be wild camping in tents with no luxurious facilities. I was raising money for Medcare and for the UK...

Medcare Christmas Cards on Sale Now!

Medcare Christmas Cards on Sale Now!

It’s just a few weeks to Christmas! Medcare is thinking ahead. Why not order your Christmas cards through us. We have had 8 separate beautiful designs printed and orders will be taken from 1st September. Please complete order form below or contact the Medcare office for your purchase of these cards. Many thanks for your support. Click here to download an Order Form Alternatively you can call the Medcare Office on 01928 739214.   ...

MAG Graduates Trip to Uganda

MAG Graduates Trip to Uganda

The entire 2014 Manchester Airports Group graduate intake alongside two members of the HR department was very fortunate to visit Uganda in February 2015 with Medcare. During the (packed) week visit, we were involved in a range of different activities; from organising a sports and crafts day at a local school to painting the interior and exterior of a home.

During our visits to the orphanage at Bukulule, Wellsprings Medical Centre and the school in Kamutuuza it was clear to see the children loved the small toys, sweets and bubbles we have brought in our cases. It was apparent from the moment we stepped off the minibus in Bukulule that the children were really excited to meet us, all of them rushing over to give us a big welcome hug. 

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