16 March, 2018
Since its launch in January 2016, Stoma Aid has dispatched over 2,500,000 units of stock to the developing world. By working in partnership with other charities we have managed to reach ostomates all over the globe, including: Ethiopia, Kenya, Kosovo, Pakistan, Mauritius, Moldova, Nepal and Syria.
Unfortunately, as the project has grown, so too has the volume of unsuitable donations. Despite our efforts to communicate what was acceptable, we have continued to receive everything from non-ostomy medical supplies to clothes and general bric-a-brac. This has greatly increased the time needed to sort and pack consignments of ostomy supplies and we have incurred costs disposing of items we cannot use. As a consequence, we have had to take the sad decision to close Stoma Aid with immediate effect, as we do not have the infrastructure to support the project.
We would like to thank Frank, Pat, Crisi and David for all their hard work in running Stoma Aid and everyone who has donated supplies. We are continuing to offer support where we can to charities including Jacobs Well Appeal and Hand in Hand Syria, as they continue to aid ostomates in need in developing countries. If you want to donate any stoma supplies please send them to Jacob’s Well Appeal, Swinemoor Lane, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 0JX, 01482 881162.