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Restore Research Newsletter

July 2015

Events

Meeting the Duke of Kent

HRH the Duke of Kent, patron of Restore Research visited Stoke Mandeville Hospital  at our invitation. He was shown round by Mike Tyler and met with burns and reconstructive surgery patients. This was followed by a Reception where the Duke of Kent met with some of the elective students who have worked with and are still working with Restore on projects related to burns and scarring.


Pop-up Invitations


Amanda Oliver, wearing her other hat as an importer of gorgeous Indian made and designed clothes, organised two pop-up events to raise funds- one at Vivien’s house in West London. We raised a good £770- selling our branded Restore candles, cards and some hand-made jewellery too. At least one more event is planned before the end of the year.

Restore Supporters
Karl has recently joined Restore Research as an ambassador

Karl Hinett has kindly agreed to become an ambassador for Restore Research. While serving in Basra  in 2005, Karl suffered 37% burns across his body after being firebombed in his tank. Since his lengthy and difficult recovery, he has awed and inspired many by running 126 marathons  in order to raise tens of thousands of pounds to help other burn victims.

Our list of supporters is growing with a number of people recommending those who have had a bad burn or wound and subsequent scarring.
Alongside Karl Hinett, we have serving RAF man Jordan Rea,  Mrs Higgs, mother of Chloe Higgs who was burned as a child and has met with our patron on a number of occasions, including this June. Also restaurant owner James Poynton who helped save Claudia Winkelman’s daughter.

Meetings

Vivien, our Chief Executive, with Rod Dobson, the ex-London Fire Commissioner
London Fire Brigade
 

CEO Vivien Morgan met with Ron Dobson,Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade at their London HQs. He is keen to work with those charities focusing on burns advice and medical research, as it links to the work of his force. Firemen and women raise money for a number of causes and we’re hoping that Restore can be one of them.

Dobson is overseeing a meeting in July where RAFT, Burn Camps, the Children’s Burns Trust and Restore will get together, along with a South African charity called Children of Fire that brings over children who have been badly burned each year to London.


Healing Foundation Conference
 

The Healing Foundation conference attended by Vivien Morgan CEO and Amanda Oliver Campaign Manager,  took place on 1st July at the RCS in London.
Opened by their Chair Sir Stuart Rose, the HF hosted a day for a number of charities who work in the field of disfigurement. So those attending included CLAPA,Changing Faces, DEBRA, Facial Palsy- as well as Blond McIndoe who have a new CEO Maxine Smeaton , Dan's Fund and the Children’s Burns Trust amongst others.  We did useful networking and introductions to everyone there.
The most interesting session was on fundraising and how important it was to have the WOW, HOW, NOW factors in place so that a charity knows exactly what it’s pitching, what it wants and what it’s doing.


British Legion


The British Legion  is one of the UK’s richest charities and also interested in medical research and help for the armed forces and those who are wounded.
Vivien has a meeting arranged with the DG Dr Chris Simkins  next week to open discussions with them, following an introduction from Lady Sarah Jackson, wife of General Sir Mike Jackson who is active in the Soldier’s Charity and SSAFA.

Updates

Festivals!

Now that we are into festival season, make sure you or any other festival goers are properly prepared in dealing with possible burn injuries. You may have seen that Lily Allen (left) suffered minor burns and singed eyelashes when handling a gas stove in her caravan near the Glastonbury music festival. In other popular news, 5 Seconds of Summer guitarist Michael Clifford (right) had a close call with some pyrotechnics whilst on stage; perhaps he could have used Restore's Festival First Aid Tips for Burns! Find useful pieces of advice on our social media accounts.

Stay safe and #beburnaware!

Tune in!

Listen to BBC iPlayer to hear Restore talk about its engaging research into new treatments to reduce the devastating impact of burn injuries on the lives of patients. The interview tackled important issues like skin graft rejection and potential treatments that can be topically applied to burns. Don't miss out on this interesting and informative piece! Listen here from 1:08:00:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02trggw

Social Media Presence

Since May, our Facebook page has achieved 3 more likes, pushing our total to 111 likes. We have also managed to reach 20,828 people, which is an increase of 12,756.8% increase from last week!

As for Twitter, due to our increased number of tweets we have attracted 7 more followers which makes for a total of 112 followers. This increase in social media output and presence is thanks to our new intern Charlotte Bingham.
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