International Childrens' Ostomy Educational Foundation
The ICOEF, advised by senior medical and psychological advisors in the field, provides support for child and teen ostomates, to help them adjust to life with a bag, catheter or other urinary or bowel prosthetic device. The ICOEF is a registered small charity with HRMC. It is also officially registered in the US. No Trustee receives any remuneration for all their hard work. in three years the ICOEF has to date provided over 2,300 puppets to ostomate children in the UK and 4,000 world wide. There are over 53 reasons why a child may need to be ostomised.
The ICOEF provide a range of educational materials, including:
For children - The world famous 15-21'' 'Gastronaut' ventriloquist puppets, that are suitably customised with the relevant bag, catheter, or prosthetic device. These are all removable allowing child patients to learn how to apply, empty, catheterise or irrigate. The puppets are available in various ethnic styles and different characters.
For teen ostomates - The ICOEF advise on body image and relationship issues, offer make-up and grooming kits and continue to update all information on their website including a new parents' forum.
If you are a parent or carer and would like a customised Gastronaut puppet, please visit the website www.thebowelmovement.info/ and make a selection from the Gastronaut page and contact your local trustee (details below) who will happy to help. No child patient is ever refused a puppet.
There are an ever growing number of children who need help from the ICOEF. Donations are vital to provide these children with the unique educational tools that are provided to help them adjust to life as an ostomate. To donate to the cause, please use either the DONATE NOW button on the front page of the website or contact your local trustee Judith Spurling on 01482 813105 or email email@example.com