A CHARITY set up in memory of a young boy who died after falling ill while on holiday in Uganda is helping hundreds of sick people in the African nation.
‘Jamie’s Fund’ was launched in September 2013 in memory of four-year-old Jamie Devaney, of Halkyn.
Jamie, who attended the playgroup at Ysgol Rhos Helyg in Mold, died in July 2011 after being diagnosed with a complication of an infection which led to major organ failure.
He is thought to have picked up the infection either in England before he left or soon after he arrived in Uganda.
In his memory his parents Avril and Jim set up Jamie’s Fund and since his death, it has, in partnership with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP) NHS Foundation Trust, bought a vehicle which allows nursing teams based at Kisiizi Hospital to see and support 450 patients a month out in the community.
Plans have also been drawn up to build a new mental health centre at the hospital, which will form the foundation for the essential development work needed in wider mental health care in Uganda.
Avril is a director of nursing at CWP whose role involved setting up an ongoing link with the mental
health ward at Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda.
Following a scoping visit in July 2010, a challenging 330-mile bike ride was organised to raise money to buy a vehicle for the mental health team to improve care in the community.
It was during this five-day bike ride, which Jim took part in, that Jamie became ill.
Avril said: “Losing Jamie was incredibly painful and disorientating.
“He was an incredibly kind child with a smile that would melt you.
“Jim could make him chuckle like no one else.
“The motto at Kisiizi Hospital is ‘life in all its fullness’ and although Jamie was only with us for four years he certainly lived his years to the full.
“The joy of sharing these with him keeps us going as we continue to try and live our own lives to the full, alongside the pain of losing him.
“Our work in mental health is also about enabling people to live life to the full alongside their mental health condition and the pain this can bring. People with mental health problems in Uganda face terrible stigma.
“Without proper treatment many are shackled and beaten.
“Kisiizi releases people from shackles and helps them to live their lives to the full.”
For the past two years, CWP been sending regular clinical skills groups of nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and psychologists out to Kisiizi Hospital.To donate to Jamie’s Fund visit http://jamiesfund.org.uk.