Hugh Burgess, Chair of Jamie’s Fund is taking three months away from his role as Priest in Charge of the Halkyn Mountain Parishes in North Wales to walk the 1500 miles to Santiago in Northern Spain, starting at the end of February 2016. He is also raising money for Jamie’s Fund while he walks.
You can read more about Hugh’s trip here in a very supportive article from “The Leader” and you can follow his blog to see how he is coping with sun and mud now he is into France, having walked from Halkyn to Southampton.
You can also donate to Hugh’s “MyDonate” page in aid of Jamies Fund here OR copy the QR code below – please feel free to make it widely available!
The contract for the construction of the new mental health centre at Kisiizi was signed on the 15th January, 2016 and a ceremony to mark the groundbreaking is planned for early February. We’ll post photos as soon as we have them.
The contractor is an experienced builder with good references, based only about 25 miles away from the hospital. This means that much of the money will go into the local economy, which is what we have always hoped would happen.
The builder was selected from a short list of 4 contractors by the management consultants in Kampala we are using, Aclaim Africa, and representatives from the Senior Management Team at Kisiizi Hospital. A thorough selection process was used to ensure the company had the necessary skills, experience, finances, and evidence of completion of good building on time.
The contractor has draw up a project plan which means that work should start on site at the end of January (subject to the weather, of course). Initial work will involve organising the site and putting in an access track to avoid having to bring all the materials through the middle of the hospital, with the associated noise and dust.
According to the project timetable, the building should take 6 months to complete, but, as with any building project, there may be some delays along the way, but we are looking forward to the formal handover of the new unit sometime in the third quarter of 2016.
Although there is great progress towards completing the building of the new Mental Health Unit at Kisiizi we still need your help to ensure that the building is completed and fitted out to the highest standard, so please don’t stop your fundraising efforts!
It has taken longer to get to this point than we had hoped but a lot of people have worked very hard to get the project to this point and we are in the most exciting phase. Once the building is complete, mental health patients and their families can receive even more support from the great team at Kisiizi.
You can donate very easily on-line by clicking here… and please don’t forget to Gift Aid your donation if you can – it costs you nothing and significantly increases the funds Jamie’s Fund receives.
We set off from the guest house in Entebbe, Uganda in the cool of the morning and dropped down to the shores of Lake Victoria. Our bikes were loaded into a small boat and we puttered across the bay. We reassembled the bikes and panniers and set off down the dirt road on our journey to Kigali.
There were three of us, me from UK and two Ugandan friends. Bosco, a driver and Isaac, a computer science student and Scuba instructor.
Avoiding the busiest, dangerous roads and using a mixture of dirt and tar roads we wove our way south west across Uganda. Some of the dirt roads were hard going, rough with loose grit on top and with the occasionally steep hill. But we saw so much of rural life, away from tourist routes. Countless children were excited to see a “mzungu”, a white person, cycle past. We could hear the birdsong and identify a number of the calls.
Cycling4Most of the tar roads were good, many with a meter wide shoulder for cyclists and pedestrians, making us feel safer from the occasional bus roaring past.
A rest day with some bike maintenance then we headed out on the last lap. First a gradual climb up a valley leading to a stiff climb at the head to get over the ridge. On to the Rwandan border and then a steady climb of three thousand feet to reach our resting place.
We relished a glorious twenty mile descent the next morning, with views over the valleys at first and then becoming more restricted as we got lower. There were a number of men on bikes with 40 litres of milk on the carrier heading to Kigali. We kept pace with some of them for a while, they were faster on the descents than we were, with their greater weight, and we would overtake on the more level bits, where our gearing made the difference.
Cycling2And then we turned a corner and there was a group of multi-storey buildings on a hill top in the distance. Kigali, our destination. Eight miles later we were there and we celebrated with a banana split, as nothing like that had been available en route.
403 miles, no punctures, no hassles or security problems and a chance to see rural Africa in a way that allows genuine contact.
Jamie’s Fund has recently been mentioned in a number of newspaper articles. Links to two of these are given below. We’d be very interested to get any feedback you may have.
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.
Following 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.
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 email@example.com . 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.
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.