Elly Nott CE

New Chief Executive at the David Nott Foundation

It is with great pleasure that we announce Elly Nott, Co-Founder of the David Nott Foundation, has been re-appointed as Chief Executive. Elly shares her thoughts on leading the organisation post-pandemic and her vision for the future.

I am delighted to share that I am returning to the role of Chief Executive of the Foundation. The David Nott Foundation is in my DNA, and it is a privilege to have been given the opportunity to lead the organisation I am so proud to have founded with David. 

We have exciting plans for the future. We want to increase the number of surgical training courses we run globally and deepen our relationships with the selected countries within which we work. We also want to develop a bespoke obstetrics and neonatal course, to help doctors and midwives in conflict-affected states and austere environments better support expectant mothers and their babies.

At the heart of our mission is our determination to empower local healthcare workers in the places we operate and learn as much from them as they learn for us. Building strong relationships enables us to gather the most accurate picture of what they need during times of crisis - and ensure we deliver. 

It’s an honour to serve them. 

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Would you like a signed photo of The Crown stars, Tobias Menzies and Olivia Colman? The selection below has been generously donated and profits will help fund our surgical training courses. Please get in touch and let us know which image you would like, in addition to your bid, starting from £25 each, by Friday 3rd December.

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A marathon effort for war doctors

During the marathon season this year, we were blown away by the commitment of our supporters. From gruelling training - to creative fundraising - to blisters on race day, we want to thank each and every runner. Here are just a handful of supporter stories.

It’s been full of ups and downs

David Twumasi (below) chose to support us in his first marathon feat. David was born premature at six and half months and knew he may not have survived if born in a conflict zone. He wanted to raise funds to train doctors and give war victims, including mothers and unborn children, the best chance of survival.

After crossing the finish line, he said: “I’m so proud of finishing! It’s been such a great experience and full of ups and downs, but it’s all been worth it in the end.”

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Taking training seriously 

We’re so proud to have a dedicated network of David Nott Foundation Societies at Universities across the UK. Medical students in Leicester took on the virtual London Marathon - and even completed a marathon in training.

The team said: “It was supposed to be our first proper marathon, but Zach and Elena 'accidentally' ran a mountain marathon with over 8000 feet of elevation this summer in preparation!” The students smashed their target of £600, raising over £1000.

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“It deeply affected me”

Terry Hancock (below) ran the Great North Run for us and despite a set-back at mile 7, completed the race and raised £650.

He shares: “In 2019, a surgeon friend of mine recommended I read a book (War Doctor) about a remarkable man. The stories and sentiments of the book deeply affected me and made me want to do something positive to help the foundation.”

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April 2020 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to our latest newsletter.

In this update, we will share our new arrangements in light of COVID-19, bring you the story of a Syrian surgeon and share the superb fundraising efforts of our Somerset supporters.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and we hope you are keeping well at home.

 


A Note on COVID-19

 

Since our last newsletter, COVID-19 has developed into a global pandemic. We understand that this is a significant cause of anxiety for many, so we would first and foremost like to extend our wishes that you and your loved ones are safe and well.

Following the latest government advice, the David Nott Foundation office has closed and our staff are now working from home. The best way to contact us is via email at [email protected]

We have also had to postpone our surgical training courses and are currently developing new ways of reaching surgeons to provide them with training and advice. The pipeline of courses in planning continues to grow with a wide variety of partners to help train surgeons operating in austere conditions across the Middle East and Africa. We’re looking forward to rolling these out as soon as we can.


Spotlight on Dr Ayman

 

In this latest instalment of our #wardoctorheroes series, we're proud to introduce Dr Ayman  from Syria.

We first met Ayman back in 2013, when David Nott was volunteering in Alzarour Hospital, Aleppo. Whilst treating patients, David was able to teach Ayman and his team a variety of specialised surgical procedures that Ayman was later able to use to save lives.

One patient that Ayman especially remembers was an 11-month-old baby girl. Her father carried her to the hospital after she was wounded in a bomb explosion. She had a severe leg wound and the orthopaedic surgeon wanted to perform an amputation.

Fortunately, Dr Ayman knew there was a chance her leg could be saved. He successfully performed a vein bypass to restore the blood supply and later her leg was externally fixated so that the bone could heal properly.

To Ayman’s immense happiness, the little girl recently started walking.

You can read the full story and hear about our other war doctors here.

 


Star Fundraisers

 

Back in February, two small businesses put their heads together and came up with a brilliant fundraising idea – a charity dinner! Based in Chilcompton, Somerset, ‘The Holy Cow’ café and ‘The Pudding Kitchen’ pulled together a delicious four course meal, complete with craft drinks and a tasty dessert selection.

Rachel Middleton, from The Pudding Kitchen, was inspired after her friend sent her a link to David’s Desert Island Discs. After that, she was hooked! We’re thrilled that the team managed to raise over £1,000 for us - enough to train one surgeon on our overseas HEST course.

We love hearing about your creative fundraising efforts, so let us know if you’ve got anything exciting planned.

 


To the frontline heroes: thank you

 

 


 



War Doctor Heroes: Meet Dr Ayman

Meet Dr Mohammed Ayman, a Syrian vascular surgeon and our latest War Doctor Hero.

We first met Ayman back in 2013, when David Nott was volunteering in Alzarour Hospital, Aleppo. Whilst treating patients, David was able to teach Ayman and his team a variety of specialised surgical procedures that Ayman was later able to use to save casualties.

At this time, medical workers and facilities were a target. As Ayman put it, "the hospitals in Aleppo were a kind of magnet for attacks.”

It was too dangerous to go outside as barrel bombs and missiles could fall at any time so Dr Ayman and his colleagues had to work, sleep and eat in their underground hospital.

The heavy siege also meant resources were always in short supply. They lacked the right sutures to stitch up patients and there wasn’t enough food and milk to feed malnourished children. Nonetheless, Dr Ayman did what he could to take care of his patients. “All the Syrian people in Aleppo needed us, so we had to be stronger for them and we had to adapt to the new situation as best we could. We wanted them to always feel that they were not alone.”

One patient that Ayman especially remembers was an 11 month old baby girl. Her father carried her to the hospital after she was wounded in a bomb explosion. She had a severe leg wound and the orthopaedic surgeon wanted to perform an amputation. Fortunately, Dr Ayman knew there was a chance her leg could be saved. He successfully performed a vein bypass to restore the blood supply and later her leg was externally fixated so that the bone could heal properly.

To Ayman’s immense happiness, the little girl recently started walking.

Ayman is one of fourteen surgeons who will be joining us for our next UK-based training course. He hopes that the skills learnt on this course will enable him to better serve the Syrian people when he is able to return to his home country.

You can read about some of our other War Doctor Heroes by clicking here.


A Tasty Fundraiser!

Back in February, two small businesses put their heads together and came up with a brilliant fundraising idea – a charity dinner! Based in Chilcompton, Somerset, ‘The Holy Cow’ café and ‘The Pudding Kitchen’ pulled together a delicious four course meal, complete with craft drinks and a tasty dessert selection.

Rachel Middleton, from The Pudding Kitchen, was inspired after her friend sent her a link to David’s Desert Island Discs. After that, she was hooked! We’re thrilled that the team managed to raise over £2,000 which was split between us and the Wallace and Gromit Appeal – another fantastic cause.

We love hearing about your creative fundraising efforts, so let us know if you’ve got anything exciting planned.


War Doctor has landed in the United States!

War Doctor, David's harrowing memoirs of surgery on the front-lines, has arrived in book shops across the US. Spanning over 25 years, David Nott recollects his time volunteering in some of the world's worst humanitarian catastrophes.

To purchase a copy or gift one to your friends across the pond, you can visit Abrams Books' website by clicking here.

"Culminating in his recent trips to war-torn Syria—and the untold story of his efforts to help secure a humanitarian corridor out of besieged Aleppo to evacuate some 50,000 people—War Doctor is a heart-stopping and moving blend of medical memoir, personal journey, and nonfiction thriller that provides unforgettable, at times raw, insight into the human toll of war."  - Abrams Books


February 2020 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to our first newsletter of 2020!

In this month's issue, we reflect on our recent mission to Yemen, and share Dr Koma Akim's story. We'll also be offering you a chance to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon on behalf of the Foundation!

Thank you as always for your continued support and generosity. 


HEST Yemen

 

The DNF team, in partnership with MSF Spain, recently returned from our latest mission to Yemen, which brought in 31 surgeons from across the country for a specialised five-day training course.

Since 2015, Yemen has been the stage of one of the world's worst humanitarian catastrophes. At the front-lines of this conflict are the surgeons and medics who face the challenge of saving lives with limited training and a lack of resources. Our Hostile Environment Surgical Training course (HEST) was designed to confront this problem, training doctors in a wide range of trauma topics including obstetrics, abdominal, orthopaedics and paediatrics.

Using our bespoke body simulator, our cutting edge VR learning experience and a range of case studies, our Faculty was successful in equipping these surgeons with the specialised skills they need to be the best doctors possible.

You can read more about this course and our other missions here.


On your marks....get set.....go!

Last October, we were thrilled to have six runners take on the Royal Parks Half Marathon on behalf of DNF. A first for the Foundation! Raising over £10,000 between them, their efforts were enough to fund ten places on our overseas training course.

Building on last year's success, we have reserved nine spots for the 21km race this October. So, if you're looking for a challenge and would like to actively raise money for the Foundation, please fill out this Google form to tell us about your motivation for running the Royal Parks Half.

Places will go fast and the Google form closes on Friday 21st February so be quick!

 


Spotlight on Dr Koma Akim

 

In this latest instalment of our #wardoctorheroes series, we're proud to introduce Dr Koma Akim  from South Sudan.

Koma regularly deals with gunshot and arrow wounds as a result of cattle rustling and violent ethnic clashes. The patients that survive long enough to reach his care are often in a very bad state, and Dr Akim lacks the medical resources to treat them.

In 2019, Koma attended our London-based STAE course where he learnt vital plastic surgery and vascular skills. He told us: “being able to practise it means I have the confidence to do it in a real situation. If I can do it, I can teach it.”

 

 

 


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If you have a moment, it would mean a lot to us if you could fill in our communications survey. Tell us what we're doing right and what we could do better and we'll take your advice on board. 

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Doctors Supporting Doctors

Through the extraordinary dedication of three doctors, Keiran Macleod, Elliott Taylor and Richard Elston, a total of £2,500 has been raised to help us train more doctors working in austere environments. Together, they have cycled 2,000 miles in two epic cycling trips and raised more than £1 per mile!

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Keiran and Elliott were studying medicine at St Andrews and found themselves graduating at the same time that David received his honorary degree. Totally inspired after hearing about his work, they decided to take on the North Coast 500 Challenge in Scotland in August. As if cycling 500 miles each wasn’t enough of an ordeal in itself, they carried everything on their bikes and camped each night.

Meanwhile, also starting out in Scotland, Richard and four others began their epic journey cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End.  Richard tells us why he chose to do this for the Foundation: “This cause is especially close to my heart.  Working in the NHS, I am always amazed at the speed with which huge resources and expertise are mustered to help anyone seriously unwell, regardless of their age, social standing or race. Sadly, this parity of healthcare does not extend across the globe to those who need it most. However, a small contribution could help train one surgeon and in turn save hundreds of lives. Civilians are mercilessly targeted as conflicts become more asymmetrical and belligerents turn to unconventional weapons, causing complex injury patterns for an overwhelming number of patients in an already challenging environment.  Local doctors who work incredibly hard however, often lack the advanced training to save patients who could survive.”

To help us train even more doctors working in war zones, donate here today.