Making a Difference


Angels International is a registered medical charity. We have worked with children suffering from leukaemia in Poland, with the children affected by the Chernobyl disaster in Belarus and since 2008 we have worked in partnership with rural hospitals in Malawi.

Our primary aim is to help save the lives of children whose suffering is caused by poverty or environmental disaster. The charity currently achieves this through the regular supply of medical aid and by educating and training local medical staff and by working to help rural hospitals educate their local communities in health awareness.



Karen began volunteering with Angels in 1989 and then became a trustee. She has been on many trips with the charity to visit their programmes. She is also a Special Needs teacher and is very passionate about the educational element within Angels' work.


Vicky became a trustee in 2016. She has been a supporter of the charity and a volunteer for many years.


Josephine also became a trustee in 2016. She too has been a volunteer on many occasions in the past and decided that she wanted to become more involved just recently.


Sarah Badel is an actress who trained at R.A.D.A and has made many appearances on stage, television and films. She is also regularly heard on the radio. She has worked at the National Theatre and has enjoyed a long association with the Chichester Festival Theatre where she has given numerous performances since her first season in 1966.

She became a trustee of Angels International in 1998 and represented the charity on frequent visits to Belarus and then Malawi. She resigned as a trustee in 2017 and is honoured to become a patron.

In 1990 Julia Cussins became one of the founding trustees of Angels International. She combined her work on the early projects in Poland, Croatia, Bosnia and Belarus with bringing up four children in West Sussex. In November 2007 she accompanied Karen Roberts to Malawi, to consolidate future plans with our new partners in Africa, Sr Florence Kankota and Sr Margaret Nyirenda. She also resigned as a trustee recently to become a patron of the charity.

Michael Buerk has probably won more international awards for television reporting than any other British journalist most notably for his coverage of the Ethiopian famine for BBC News in 1984/5. His reports filmed with the Nairobi based cameraman, Mohamed Amin alerted the world to the extent of the tragedy. They were shown worldwide, to an audience of billions. They led directly to a massive international relief effort itself valued in billions of dollars, which was estimated to have saved well over a million lives.

Professor Roy Sanders graduated from London University in 1962, trained for five years in the generality of surgery before embarking upon a seven-year training in plastic surgery. He was appointed a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in the University of London in Plastic Surgery in 1974 and became Clinical Director of the Mount Vernon Centre for Plastic Surgery in 1980 where he engaged in the whole spectrum of reconstructive plastic surgery but with a particular interest in the reconstruction of patients suffering cleft lip and palate deformity, head and neck cancer and burns.

In 1990 he established the RAFT Centre for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Research of which he became the Research Director.

Professor Sanders has been Secretary to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Secretary and later President of The British Association of Plastic Surgeons and a Member of the Senate of The Royal Surgical Colleges of Great Britain & Ireland. He became a patron of Angels International in 2002 and accompanied the trustees to the Khimvolokno Burn Unit in Belarus. He made a most detailed assessment of the needs of the surgical team, making many extremely valuable recommendations. " I have been pleased and honoured to be a patron of Angels International, and have visited the beneficiaries of the charity's support in Belarus, where it was apparent that the help was well-directed, making a very substantial difference to the welfare particularly of burnt and sick children together with an enormous uplift of morale of the staff in whose care they were.

It is encouraging that the need for support in Belarus has diminished, and that Angels International now feels that the charity can transfer its support to more needy projects.

I unreservedly endorse the present aims of the charity, to give aid, and support to medical education, in Malawi."

Mr Philip Gilbert Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Director of McIndoe Burn Centre East Grinstead.

Philip Gilbert initially trained in dentistry & oral & maxillofacial surgery. After studies in medicine, he trained in plastic surgery. He has held consultant posts in the University of Rotterdam, Edinburgh and now East Grinstead. His specialist areas of work are burning surgery (he is director of the Burns Centre), facial deformity and anomalies in conjunction with maxillofacial and ophthalmic surgeons and vascular malformations.

His general plastic surgery work both NHS and private has included a considerable number of breast cases, both reductions and augmentations Philip joined Angels International in 2004 and has accompanied the trustees on many occasions to Belarus. He has also personally arranged training programmes for the entire team of the Khimvolokno Burn Unit at the McIndoe Burn Centre East Grinstead. He was invited by Dr Yevgeny Loban to attend the All Russian Conference for Burn Surgeons in Nizhny Novgorod and gave a presentation of the work of the McIndoe Burn Centre in Russian! He is the only British burn surgeon to have done so.

Dr Tim Fooks graduated from the Royal Free School of Medicine in 1987 having also completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Immunopathology at St Mary's Medical School in 1984. He trained for general practice in Cambridge and has been a GP principal in Pulborough, West Sussex for 16 years.

He has been Hon Medical Consultant to Angels International since 1995"It is a privilege to have been able to see how much benefit the excellent work of Angels has brought to the care of patients in Poland and Belarus over the years and, with such a strong team and its focused approach, I am certain that the work of Angels in Malawi will prove to be equally effective."

Head of the Paediatric Ward for Infectious Diseases, Khimvolokno Hospital, Mogilev, Belarus.

Dr Burakowsky has been in partnership with Angels International since 1998. He is one of the charity's closest friends and supporters. His work and dedication to the children in his care in Belarus is humbling.

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