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    Weʼve raised £3,357 to pay for poor children's cataract surgery at Moulvibazar Eye Hospital, Bangladesh. Every £85 saves the sight of a child that can't afford it.

    Location
    Moulvibazar, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh
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    Funded on Wednesday, 1st March 2017

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    I am a qualified paediatric Ophthalmic Nurse and I currently work at West Suffolk Hospital's Eye Treatment Centre in Bury St Edmunds. I have worked in Ophthalmology for 25 years. Before I retired in August this year I worked for 16 years as an Ophthalmic Sister and I now work part-time as an Ophthalmic Nurse again.

    In 2006 my passion for this area of medicine, and people who are in need, lead me to Moulvibazar Eye Hospital in Bangladesh with a team from West Suffolk Hospital. The team went to help train the doctors and nurses and educate them in 'best practice' in dealing with patients, surgery and administering treatment. The unexpected love that I felt for this country meant that I continued to work with the hospital after our visit and I have now been working voluntarily with Moulvibazar Eye Hospital for 10 years.

    Moulvibazar Eye Hospital is dedicated to giving sight back to the blind through cataract operations for children and adults. The hospital is not government funded and operates through charitable giving.

    I have been saddened while working with the hospital because some children who have been brought in needing sight saving operations have been turned away because they have no ability to contribute to the cost of their surgery.

    The cost of cataract surgery for one child is £85. This includes:
    - the surgeon and operating staff
    - a paediatric anaesthetist (who visits the hospital monthly and is rare and very expensive)
    - the intra-ocular lens
    - equipment for the surgery itself

    My crowdfunding would allow me to create a supply of money that the hospital can access specifically for children who would otherwise be turned away because they cannot afford the surgery. Every penny will go towards helping someone regain their sight.

    I am returning to the hospital in March 2017. I cannot wait to work with my hospital friends again, but I would also love to help them reach a place where they never have to turn a patient away because of money.

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    • Rachel Andrews

      Rachel Andrews

      5 months ago

      Rachel Andrews

      Thank you all so so much. I'm bowled over by what you've donated to these lovely children in Bangladesh. They will receive sight and a chance of a better life because of what you've kindly given. I leave for Bangladesh a week today. I will keep posting updates on our social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @visionforbangla Thanks again. Watch this space for more fundraising in the future. Rachel x

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    • Rachel Andrews

      Rachel Andrews

      5 months ago

      Rachel Andrews

      Only 9 days until I leave for Bangladesh again. I'm so excited about going, especially now I can put in place a way to help the poor children receive the surgery they need. There's still 8 hours left of fundraising though. If you'd like to donate please click on the purple 'Donate' button. And for continued updates and images after the current fundraising finishes follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: @visionforbangla Thank you again - to everyone that has donated, those I know and those I don't. You're amazing people.

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    • Rachel Andrews

      Rachel Andrews

      5 months ago

      Rachel Andrews

      We can now help 38 children receive their sight. I'm overwhelmed by all the donations and lovely messages of support. Only 3 days left to raise money before I go to Bangladesh next week. Thank you all so much. For more updates and pictures please follow us on Twitter or Facebook: @visionforbangla. Thank you all! You've made a huge difference in the life of a child living in poverty. In time we will show you the children you've helped. X

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    • Rachel Andrews

      Rachel Andrews

      5 months ago

      Rachel Andrews

      I have the money to help 26 children in Bangladesh receive sight saving cataract surgery! I'm over the moon, but I still want more :P Thank you to every single one of my donors. Especially if I can't thank you in person or personally. You have no idea of the joy you've brought me. There's still 7 days left to raise money to help even MORE children! Like these lovely children in the photos on here. Thank you everyone. x

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    62

    • Wendy

      Wendy

      Mar 1, 2017

      Great work, safe travels Rachel xx all the best Wendy

      £30.00

    • Ayush Sinha

      Ayush Sinha

      Mar 1, 2017

      Our best wishes. Hope to work like you at some point

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 26, 2017

    • colin  morris

      colin morris

      Feb 26, 2017

      £200.00

    • Teresa Caruth

      Teresa Caruth

      Feb 25, 2017

    • Jennifer Bacon

      Jennifer Bacon

      Feb 25, 2017

      The children have topped up my original donation for my Mother's Day present.... nothing is better than knowing a child's sight has been saved! Thanks Rachel x

      £65.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 24, 2017

      Well done on the good work!!!

      £20.00

    About the fundraiser
    Rachel Andrews

    Rachel Andrews

    Moulvibazar, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh

    I am a paediatric Ophthalmic Nurse and for the last 10 years I have been working with Moulvibazar Eye Hospital, Bangladesh. I have a passion to help this hospital, especially in the area of ophthalmology, mainly by funding cataract surgery for poor children who cannot afford it.

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