Actor and comedian Ade Edmondson is to present a BBC television appeal on behalf of the Haywards-Heath based charity IMPACT which is dedicated to preventing and treating disability worldwide.
‘Watch Ade’ - being screened on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday - tells the story of the Lifeline Express, IMPACT’s hospital train in India.
The train takes medical care and surgery to impoverished men, women and children who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment and remain needlessly disabled for life.
‘The thing I like most about IMPACT is that it’s so straightforward. They take easily curable disabilities, like cataracts and cleft palate, and they fix them on the spot. And this transforms people’s live,” said Ade.
IMPACT has other ingenious means to reach people without access to healthcare – such as a floating hospital which travels the rivers of Bangladesh and a sterile tented operating theatre, which serves the mountainous regions of Nepal.
The average cost to IMPACT of restoring sight, hearing or mobility or providing surgery to repair cleft lip to another person is just £40. Funds are urgently needed to transform more lives.