C.H.A.R.M.S (Children's Hand and Arm Surgery)

The Children’s Hand and Upper Limb Service is constantly striving to improve our service for children by conducting clinical research into the techniques and outcomes of our treatment in association with other national and international academic institutions.

This requires a huge amount of time in collecting, storing and evaluating data. We therefore desperately need the funds to support research fellows and assistants to create and manage specific databases.

Injuries to children’s hands can lead to significant deformities and reduced function and we need an extra mobile, high quality x-ray machine for use by surgeons in clinic, which substantially improves the quality of care in these children.

The surgery and post surgical therapy of these rare conditions require a high level of expertise which is learnt through apprenticeship type teaching at an advanced stage of a surgeon or therapist’s training. Funds are needed to ensure access to other world class units for the exchange of ideas and innovations.

C.H.A.R.M.S was established in 2011 to support the activities of the children’s hand and upper limb service.

We are constantly trying to improve the experience of the 150 children and their families who visit our outpatients department each week with hand injuries, congenital deformities or general hand conditions. We hope to establish a children’s hand centre, which will provide the best facilities for our children.

We also run a yearly ‘Hand Camp’. The goals of the camp are for our children from the West Midlands region to develop self-confidence, independence, improve their social interaction, self-esteem, and problem solving skills in an enjoyable and positive 'can-do' setting.

If you can donate, organise or take part in a fundraising event, your contribution will make a huge difference.

Please visit our charity's donation page and specify that your donation is for C.H.A.R.M.S (The Children’s Hand and Upper Limb Service).

You may also contact Ruth Lester directly to discuss any aspects of fundraising for C.H.A.R.M.S. Contact Ruth via email: ruthlester@me.com