LION Hand Unit
Lilongwe Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery - Malawi
Malawi has the 9th highest rate of road traffic deaths in the world. For every death, there are 25 non-fatal injuries causing permanent disability which can affect whole families and lead to poverty and dependency.
The Lilongwe Institute of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery (LION) is a new purpose built healthcare facility for treating injured Malawi patients free of charge. It is attached to the Kamuzu Central Hospital, in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi, which serves a catchment population of several million people.
How we will help
For five years, the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) and the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) will assist LION in the delivery of treatment for elective and traumatic conditions of the hand.
We have recruited BSSH and BAHT volunteers who will work in the LION Hand Unit throughout this period. They will collaborate with local staff in the running of specialist hand clinics and regular hand trauma and elective lists, while promoting sustainability through education and training.
LION aspires to become self-sufficient in the provision of specialist hand services by the end of the project. Click here to read more on the official LION website, and to learn more about their new hospital.
How can you help?
Anything you can give will be greatly received, and help transform the lives of those who have been affected by hand trauma and disability in a limited resource setting.
Join the BOLOS Challenge
Launched by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH), Osteotec and Ortho Consulting Group, we will be participating in a pentathlon challenge of running, walking, cycling, swimming, sailing and rowing all over the UK and around the world, with donations helping support free of charge treatment for patients at the new, purpose-built centre. And we need you to help us! We have set ourselves the goal of collectively circumnavigating and traversing Lake Malawi, the country's beautiful Lake of Stars, by the end of August and every kilometre counts!
To RUN / WALK around Lake Malawi: 1,718km
To CYCLE around Lake Malawi: 1,718km
To ROW the length of Lake Malawi: 560km
To SWIM across Lake Malawi: 75km
To SAIL across Lake Malawi: 75km
JOIN THE BOLOS CHALLENGE
You can join us as an individual or as a team.
Which hand unit can circumnavigate Lake Malawi the quickest or contribute the most km to the challenge?
1. Set up a fundraising page on JustGiving
Join the challenge as a team or an individual by setting up a JustGiving page which is directly linked to the BSSH LION Malawi campaign here:
Find out how to set up a team on JustGiving
Please include "BOLOS" in your fundraising page title
2. Share your page with family, friends, colleagues
Sharing your page not only raises awareness of this incredible project and how you are supporting, but may also increase the amount you fundraise. Share as far as you can!
3. Log your distance
Update the total BOLOS challenge distance by logging your km traveled here. You can do this after each activity or provide a total at the end of your challenge.
4. Keep us updated!
We would love to see your efforts in photos and updates. Ensure you mention @BSSHand on social media posts.
The easiest way to make a donation is via JustGiving. There are options for a one-off donation or to set up a monthly donation. JustGiving also makes it easy for BSSH to claim GiftAid, an extra 25p for every £1 you donate.
Donate through JustGiving
Please write all cheques out to "British Society for Surgery of the Hand" and post to:
British Society for Surgery of the Hand
Royal College of Surgeons of England
38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3PE
Please either include a letter with the cheque or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and which project the donation is in aid of where relevant.
Donor and fundraiser award levels
BSSH are registered with Benevity so if you already have an account, it is easy to set up a donation to the LION project.
Give though Benevity
Fundraising could be as simple as doing a sponsored walk, run or cycle. Maybe even gathering your friends to have a coffee morning or cake sale.
If you are up for a challenge, maybe you'd like to take part in a sporting event, take on a hiking challenge or brave a skydive!
Or maybe you can talk to other people or organisations about the project and persuade them to donate to it.
All fundraising efforts, small or large, will together make a massive difference in helping BSSH delivering education and training in low and middle income countries globally.
Start your fundraiser on JustGiving
Downlod the BSSH Funadraising pack
Donating with GiftAid means BSSH can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra.
JustGiving will automatically prompt you to claim GiftAid and claim on behalf of BSSH.
If you are donating via bank transfer or cheque, you will need to fill out a GiftAid form. This is very quick and easy to do and makes a huge difference.
If you pay tax above the basic rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation through your Self Assessment tax return.
> Single donations GiftAid form
> Multiple donations/Sponsorship form