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ICOEF (International Children's Ostomy Educational Foundation) UK


Reg. address: 41 Louville Avenue, Withernsea, HU19 2PA Charity No. 1168670

Tel:-01964 613690

Introducing The Gastronauts®

For children who have more than just butterflies in their tummies.

These fun Ostomy puppets help stoma nurses assist ostomate children and parents through their life changing medical procedures.

The Gastronauts were developed by Liz and Phillip Prosser, authors of "Unwanted Baggage", a resource book for all ostomates.

These individual personalised puppets are for children who have bowel, bladder or intestinal diversions. Each puppet is designed to reflect the child's own diversion with its own ostomy bag, catheter, gastrostomy tubes etc.

The Gastronauts® are personalised by the trustees and Volunteers of the



Gastronaut Daisy
Gastronaut Dennis
Gastronaut Samuel
Gastronaut Sally
Gastronaut Simon
Gastronaut Lauren

Each puppet costs us £35 to donate to a child. Please help us change the lives of children who receive them.
Donations are always welcome.

These educational puppets are not suitable for children under the age of two, we do not sell our puppets but ask for a donation to help fund the next child's puppet.

Please help us change the lives of more children by providing more of these educational and motivational puppets! Case histories have shown shorter hospital stays and improved body image results for the many small patients receiving them!

ICOFE UK - Forever FriendsICOEF UK endeavours to help children adjust to their new way of life. Their new Gastronaut puppet can teach them to change or empty their bag of faecal or urinary waste, use their catheter to empty the bladder or washout the bowel, or alter their feeding tubes etc.

They also play a very important role, act as a new “Forever Friend”, a companion to attend medical icoef uk forever friends appointments and to show their friends and family what has happened to them.

Since its inception in 2011, ICEOF has provided over 12,300 Gastronaut puppets worldwide.

ICOEF UK is a unique charity helping children throughout the UK adjust to their new way of life.