Christmas: a time for giving at Orr Medical
Since 2007, following an increase in demand for adoption and fostering health assessment services, Orr Medical has grown through word-of-mouth and now serves fostering and adoption organisations throughout the UK. With this success the founder, Dr Matthew Orr, has been determined to set up a programme of charitable giving, and this year his wish has come true for three truly heart warming causes – ‘When you wish upon a Star’, ‘MSF UK’ (Médecins Sans Frontières, Doctors Without Borders), and ‘Baby Beat UK’.
All charities rely on generous fund raising, philanthropy, events, corporate support, friends, donors, gift aid and volunteers. So many ways to give and so many good causes. For Orr Medical funding these pioneering charities is a natural progression of their own work within the medical field with an emphasis on the welfare of children.
When you Wish Upon A Star have been granting wishes for over 22 years to some very brave and courageous children who have a life threatening or terminal illness. Their primary aim is to grant the wishes of children suffering from life threatening illnesses. Since starting in 1990, the charity has granted over 14,500 for some very brave and courageous children.
All children have wishes, but for these children and their families that wish is much more precious. For some a trip to Disney Florida or Paris to meet their favourite characters, for others it’s chance to get up close to a sporting hero or pop idol. It’s all about making that wish a reality.
In 1971, MSF was founded by a group of French doctors and journalists in the wake of the war and accompanying famine in Biafra, Nigeria, and the floods in eastern Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Created on the belief that all people have the right to medical care regardless of gender, race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people outweigh respect for national boundaries. Donors are a vital part of the movement, allowing it to remain independent, neutral and impartial – and to access those in greatest need quickly.
“We are not sure that words can always save lives, but we know that silence can certainly kill.” Dr James Orbinski, former President of the MSF International Council
Christine Singleton, the former Baby Beat Appeal Manager tells the story of how the charity started:
“In October 1987 the first stirrings of the Baby Beat Appeal started with a ‘moan’ from a frustrated midwife that there ‘wasn’t enough kit around’. Mr Ian Manson, Consultant and Clinical Director, was also concerned that there were only two monitors for sixteen cubicles in the Delivery Suite. What would happen if more than two mothers needed monitors at the same time? Ahead of his time he had identified new technology he needed, but the cost was £250,000 and the Health Authority said they couldn’t fund the project.”
The Baby Beat Appeal aims to maintain and raise standards in preventative care and foetal well being at the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit at Royal Preston Hospital.
There is great pride in the work at Orr Medical and in being able to extend a helping hand at Christmas.