RAFT, the wound healing charity, is 25 years old this year. We have worked for a quarter of a century on improving the lives of those affected by major skin trumas, such as burns, wounds, cancers and limb amputations.
Thanks to the generous support of the Leopold Muller Estate, back in 1992, RAFT owns its building on the Mount Vernon Hospital complex in Northwood, Middlesex. This two storey building houses everything associated with RAFT:
· 6 working laboratories
· A study room where the researchers can concentrate on reading and writing-up.
· Fundraising/administration & accounting offices
· A conference room
· A communal staff kitchen (food & drink are not permitted in the laboratories)
Like all 21 year old homes, the Leopold Muller Building is in need of some immediate repairs, the most urgent being attention to the roof. Last winter, some serious leaks started appearing and a survey has shown that we need to get the leaks fixed as soon as possible, certainly during the summer months before the wet weather returns. If not repaired, these leaks can lead to larger problems. For instance, if the water leaks into the framework of the building, it is at risk of touching the wires which are located in the walls and ceiling – which would be a fire hazard. Water can also rot wood, making it weak and unsafe.
£1,590 will enable us to make the urgent repairs to our roof before the real winter hits us!
In addition (if we manage to achieve more than the £1,590), RAFT needs to:
Remove a redundant flue (which was the cause of the leak) at a cost of £860 and
Replace a problematic air conditioning unit in one of the labs at a cost of £2,330
We have a lot of equipment in our labs, including fridges,freezers and an ice flake machine, to name but a few. All this equipment generates a lot of head and the extra strain on the equipment, to keep a regulated temperature can lead to costly breakdowns, which puts our experiments at risk.
RAFT will certainly be around for at least another 25 years and we need to make this maintenance drive part of our Silver Anniversary.
Please help us raise the £1,590 that we desperately need to give our home the maintenance it deserves and which will enable us to push ahead with our current and new projects to provide better treatment for patients. RAFT has a reputation for success and delivery and we hope that you will consider a donation as an investment for you and your family’s future health.