Season’s Greetings

It has been a busy year for Jamie’s Fund and time has flown since I visited Kisiizi in April.

I recently met with the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership team who had not long returned from Kisiizi and had undertaken some great work there with the staff at Kisiizi Hospital. The team, headed by  Dr Niall Campbell, included Joanna Holland and Dee Brace, both Nurse Practitioners in Early Intervention, Dr Unwana Etta and  Jenny Milburn, Specialist OT . They have some very compelling stories of their week there and we hope to bring you some of these in the New Year.

There has been a lot of activity in Fundraising with Brian, our Community Fundraiser organisiing events to take place in 2015 and strengthening our links with Chester University and their 175th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign.  In addition, the Buy a Brick Campaign continues and if any of you have unwanted gifts at Christmas please let Brian know as he will be happy to sell them on Ebay for you with all proceeds going to Jamie’s Fund. Please do keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for updates on forthcoming events.

We are planning a media campaign in January and hope to raise the profile of Jamie’s Fund early in the new year through local and hopefully some national, media. We will annonce any publicity via the website in advance if possible to make sure you don’t miss our story in the press.

As we end the year, I would like to thank all those who have and continue to raise funds or have made donations to Jamie’s Fund. The time, effort and generosity  put into raising money is hugely appreciated by all at Jamie’s Fund. Every penny takes us a step nearer to the new Mental Health Centre in Kisiizi. Thank you.

I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2015.

Best wishes

Fiona

Mental Health for Sustainable Development

APPGFollowing the recent review on global mental health held at the UK Parliament by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health and APPG on Mental Health, a new report was launched on 26th November 2014 titled ‘Mental Health for Sustainable Development’.

The review was Chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp and James Morris MP, with an aim to assess why and how the UK should act to help improve mental health in low and middle income countries. In addition to individual written reports and interviews, the review held two oral evidence sessions for parliamentarians to hear from and question leading experts in the field of international development and global mental health. Dr Maureen Wilkinson, who you will know as an Advisor to Jamie’s Fund, attended Parliament and was involved in the evidence sessions.

Three quarters of people with mental health problems live in low and middle income countries and receive little or no evidence-based treatment. This report sets out three important arguments why mental health matters globally and why development activity will not be truly successful without tackling mental health issues and sets out four clear recommendations for ‘doing more’ and ‘doing differently. To view the report please click here.

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Jamie’s Fund and you may notice some changes to our website recently.

Hugh Burgess, who you will recognise as one of Jamie’s Fund Trustees, has been working very hard behind the scenes to improve our new website so it looks even better and is easier to use. He is also establishing ‘Jamie’s Shop’ which will enable you to buy Jamie’s Fund merchandise such as sweatshirts and t shirts through the website. We hope to have this up and running in plenty of time for you to make purchases for Christmas.

We are really pleased to have appointed Dr Brian Larsen as our new Community Fundraiser and he already has some great ideas to get people involved in Jamie’s Fund and help raise funds towards Phase One of the new Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Kisiizi Hospital. Brian will be developing fundraising projects which we hope you will get involved in and he will also be working closely with the University of Chester to help them raise funds in their 175th Anniversary year. Keep an eye on the website because Brian will be letting you know about his exciting projects very soon. If you have any fundraising ideas or would like some support in your own fundraising efforts, Brian he can be contacted on 07884 406440 or at brian.larsen@jamiesfund.org.uk .  He will be delighted to speak with you.

I met with Ann Bryan, Associate Dean Business and Enterprise at the University of Chester, and Avril Devaney in her role as Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership to talk about ways the University, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Jamie’s Fund can work together to develop greater support for the staff providing mental health care at Kiiizi. We will be working on these plans over the next few months and will keep you informed of progress.

Please remember to register with Easyfundraising before you start your online Christmas shopping that way Jamie’s Fund will recieve a percentage of your spend as a donation from the retailer. It really is ‘money for nothing’! You can register at www.easyfundraising.org.uk

Please get in touch if you have any fundraising news you would like to share with us  – it would be lovely to hear from you.

Best wishes

Fiona

 

 

Chester University Chooses Jamie’s Fund

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Jamie’s Fund are delighted to have been chosen by Chester University as one of its key charities as the University celebrates its 175th Anniversary. We are very much looking forward to working with the University to raise funds and help them celebrate this historic year!

We would like to thank the University for their support and encouragement and extend a particular Thank You to Ann Bryan at the University for putting Jamie’s Fund forward and for her continued support – all at Jamie’s Fund really appreciate it.

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I was interested this week to read about the work East London NHS Foundation are undertaking in Butabika in Uganda with Psychiatric Clinical Officers. They are also working in partnership with the government psychaitric hospitals in many other aspects of mental health care which is similar to the work Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are doing currently with staff at Kisiizi.  To find out more visit their website at www.butabikalondon.com

I ‘Tweeted’ last week that staff from CWP were leaving for a trip to Kisizi to provide training and support to staff  and share best practice. All at Jamie’s Fund are eagerly awaiting their return to hear about their experiences.

We will soon be adding some new pages to our website. We hope to be selling some merchandise to help raise funds in the run up to Christmas. We will also be adding a page to acknowledge organisitaions who have provided Jamie’s Fund with support or services during our development and adding some links to other useful websites. So watch this space!

If you would like us to advertise or just mention your fundraising event please get in touch with me on 01625 439430 and we can talk about how that can be achieved.

Best Wishes

Fiona

 

CEO Latest News

This is my first post on the website as Chief Executive of Jamie’s Fund even though I have been working with the Trustees since April. It has been a busy 6 months but you may wonder what has been going on!

There has been a lot of work ‘behind the scenes’ by the Trustees and myself developing the plans for the building of the new mental health unit in Kisiizi, updating the website, applying for funding and working on the future direction of Jamie’ Fund.

We feel it is now even more important than ever to publicise the work of Jamie’s Fund to a wider audience to increase  awareness of mental health issues in Uganda and to help us raise vital funds to enable us to fulfill our pledge to build the the new unit. It is amazing how much has been raised  by supporters of Jamie’sFund – £58,000 so far – but we need to keep going!

If you have any ideas for fundraising or are a member of a group or club who you think might be interested in hearing more about the work of Jamie’s Fund, please get in touch. We can help support you to develop your fundraising ideas into a successful event and also come and talk in person about the work of Jamie’s Fund. Please contact me  on 01625 439430 or email fiona.clark@jamiesfund.org.uk and I will be happy to talk through how we can help.

I will be keeping you up to date with news from Jamie’s Fund via this page on the website and we hope to develop a newsletter soon to send out to all our supporters. If you have any news regarding Jamie’s Fund or fundraising events you wish to tell us about or publicise on the website just let me know  – I’ll be happy to help.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Fiona

Biking for better mental health

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 16.05.38Four local lads have celebrated the completion of an epic bike ride in support of Jamie’s Fund a locally registered charity. The boys cycled 986 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just 10 days. On Saturday 26th July supporters gathered to congratulate Jim Devaney, Brian Devaney, Mark Devaney and Dave Griffiths at the Lock Vaults, Hoole Lane in Chester. The fantastic four shared stories of the challenge; reliving not only the successes but also some of the bumps along the way. The event also included a disco, entertainment and a raffle.

Together the bike ride and celebration raised over £1,700. All proceeds from the bike ride and celebration will support the work of Jamie’s Fund which works to relieve the suffering of mental health in Uganda. Established in 2013 in memory of Jamie Devaney who sadly died at the age of 4, Jamie’s Fund works with mental health practitioners in Uganda to improve facilities available to patients. Jamie’s mother, Avril who works for the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust as the Director of Nursing was asked in 2010 to build a link with Kisiizi Hospital in the south-west of Uganda with a view to support their mental health services.

Throughout the world mental health services are given very low priority, yet the demand remains high, and Uganda is no different. Jamie and Avril’s husband, Jim, accompanied Avril on her second visit to Kisiizi in 2011, and it was during this trip that Jamie became unwell and sadly did not recover. Jamie’s Fund continues to work closely with Kisiizi Hospital and is currently raising funds to build a new mental health ward. More about Jamie’s Fund can be found at www.jamiesfund.org.uk

The success of the bike ride and celebratory evening have brought Jamie’s Fund a step closer to building the well needed new mental health ward at Kisiizi Hospital. Jamie’s Fund would like to say a big thank you to all the supporters; whether they came along to the Lock Vaults on Saturday 26th July, sponsored the four boys, or gave them a wave as they cycled by, and of course to Jim, Brian, Mark and Dave for undertaking such an amazing challenge.

Contact: Kirsten Owen Community and Events Fundraiser Jamie’s Fund
Email: Kirsten.owen@jamiesfund.org.uk Tel: 07884 406440

Cooking With Panache

A new cookery book has been published to raise money for Jamie’s Fund and Challenging Stigma (Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust Charity).

Cooking With PanacheIt has a fun assortment of recipes from different parts of the world. They range from starters to desserts and cakes, including a selection of vegetarian options. Many of the recipes are accompanied by stories from those who contributed them.  Most of the 100+ recipes are straightforward and easy; some are more complex for those who like spending a bit more time in the kitchen.

If you would like a copy please go to Jamie’s Shop to order!

 

 

Photos from our launch event

We have over 1000 photos of the launch event on our Flickr account.

There may well be good photos of you, particularly if you did the abseil.

They are in two sets “The Launch of Jamie’s fund” are the photos taken from the top of the tower, mainly but not exclusively of the abseilers. “The launch at ground level” are photos taken around the stalls and of people abseiling down.

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The Launch of Jamie’s Fund

28th Sept. 2013
Halkyn, Flintshire

It was a lovely sunny autumn day and over 60 people abseiled down St. Mary’s church steeple.

The team from Rock & Ice who organised the abseil, were reassuring and encouraging, helping everyone find the courage to step over the parapet and slide down the rope. Hugh, the vicar, was first down, and made it look easy. Some did it with panache, bounding down rapidly, others more slowly and cautiously.

Most people came away with a broad grin and saying “it was fantastic, awesome, brilliant.” A few people found it harder and more anxiety provoking, so were quieter, and yet they had faced their fears and succeeded. Several saying how they never would have done so if they hadn’t been inspired by Jamie’s story and the work in Kisiizi.

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