“In 2010, I was privileged to be able to volunteer in an ear camp in Far West Nepal. This was one of a series of ear camps that Mike Smith originated and has led in association with the International Nepal Fellowship over 20 years. In that time, Mike has marshaled volunteer surgeons, audiologists, anaesthetists and nurses to deliver much needed ear care to some of the remotest and most deprived areas in Nepal. Together with INF, Mike and his wife Fiona are taking the next step – to build an ear hospital and training centre in Pokhara. Please take time to read the details of the plans and please do not hesitate to contact me, Mike or simply make a donation to make this dream a reality.”

Hippodrome pantomime appeal

“I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to be involved with the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre as a member of its Development Trust Board. Birmingham is fortunate to have the most successful single theatre in the UK, welcoming half a million visitors every year to an extraordinarily diverse programme of drama, comedy, international dance and, of course, pantomime. With an annual turnover of £18m, the Hippodrome contributes some £40m to the regional economy, yet does so without any public subsidy. For seven years now, the Hippodrome has also run an annual appeal to provide tickets to children who are receiving treatment at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital during the pantomime season to attend the shows and contribute to their general well-being. The Hippodrome theatre is a real jewel of the Midlands. Please support it by visiting it, exploring areas of the arts you are not usually interested in, participating in the BCH pantomime appeal and when you see what a fine theatre it is, support it financially by becoming a friend or a patron. Invest in the arts, invest in your local theatre.”


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Edgbaston High School for Girls

Year 5 Are All Ears at ENT Talk

On Thursday, pupils in Year 5 were treated to a presentation by ENT Consultant, Mr Kuo.

The girls had very much enjoyed learning about hearing and ear care as part of their Science lessons so the talk was a great opportunity to learn more. Mr Kuo had many fascinating facts and animations of the ear to present, including a simulation of the anatomy of the ear. Towards the end of the talk, there was a chance for the girls to ask Mr Kuo questions about the work he does both in the UK and abroad.

We were also proud to present some hearing and ear care leaflets the Year 5 girls had researched and made in class. Mr Kuo was so impressed with the work that he will be displaying the leaflets in his clinic at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The visit was an inspiring experience and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Mr Kuo for taking the time to talk to our girls.

Miss Samson, Prep Science


The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine is situated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. It has a pivotal role in treating and rehabilitating soldiers injured in the line of duty. Mr Rhodri Williams, consultant maxillofacial surgeon, commanded a peloton of surgeons and friends to cycle from the QEH to the Menin Gate in Belgium and to present a wreath there. In the process, over £11,000 was raised for the military ward to provide equipment for the common room to enhance the recreational side of the in-patient stay of the injured soldiers. If you would like to see how you could help in this area, please contact Mike Hammond

If you would like to see how you could help in this area, please contact Mike Hammond

Action Medical Research

Action Medical Research

Action Medical Research is a UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to raising funds for research into diseases in babies and of childhood. I was one of six children’s ear, nose and throat consultants from the Children’s Hospitals of Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol, Belfast, Glasgow and Oxford were joined by representatives from Medtronic in the Summer of 2010 to cycle from London to Paris, raising over £7,000 for Action Medical Research. Support cycling, support children’s medical research.”