Team trip to Kenya 2015

Team trip to Kenya 2015

Here's the report on our 2015 team trip out to Kenya! Click on the title or the photo above.

Research and the University of Cambridge

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Research and the University of Cambridge

A fantastic opportunity has recently presented itself to work with the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge. An important part of the work of the Metropolitan Sanctuary in Kenya is to provide orthotic braces and splints free of charge to children who otherwise would have no access to such treatment or equipment. One restriction on this work, though, is that the thermoplastic material (sheets of plastic that soften and become mouldable when heated) used to make these splints is very expensive. It occurred to the management of the clinic that it would be wonderful develop a means of producing thermoplastic sheets from recycled materials, which would be more affordable for the clinic and better for the environment.

Starting in September, an Engineering student from the University of Cambridge will be researching the possibility of using recycled materials to produce thermoplastics suitable for braces and splints as their Master’s research project. At this stage the outcomes are still uncertain but it is hoped that positive findings will be forthcoming, and the institution is extremely grateful to the University for taking on board this research which might assist the work of the Metropolitan Sanctuary. The results of the research will be the property of the University, and will be available to any charity who also wishes to use them; it is hoped that in this way Befrienders For Disability will make a difference to the lives of many children in rural Kenya, and beyond!

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Generous donation from Astek Innovations

Recently, Befrienders For Disability received a generous donation from a dental company, Astek Innovations (http://www.astekinnovations.co.uk/aboutus.php), who provided us with 150 of their dental bibs for free! 

Here are some of the children at The Metropolitan Sanctuary in Kenya wearing their new bibs - they are really useful for keeping the kids in tip-top condition during the day, being waterproof and wipe-able! The children love the bright colour, and look really smart in them. Thank you, Astek Innovations, for a wonderful gesture!

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One from the archive...

This photo shows one of our long-time friends and service-users, Alan Bell, receiving his MBE award at Buckingham Palace in 2007. He was given the accolade for his amazing charity fundraising: over the course of around ten years of dedicated charity collecting at supermarkets and flag days, Alan raised over £100,000 which was distributed among six different charities. We are very proud of the work he did, and proud to have him as a dear friend of the Befrienders Ministry, Whitewell. 

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Brand new BFD merchandise!

This week we received our exciting new BFD merchandise! 

Products can be purchased from our charity shops, or the Kenya desk at Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle. 

Products can be purchased from our charity shops, or the Kenya desk at Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle. 

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