Over the last few days we have all seen the news about the devastating earthquake in Nepal. There are many charity appeals going on at the moment and they are all worthwhile. However there is one charity very close to home and close to my heart and that is the Nepal Thalassaemia Society. It was founded by a British woman, Wendy Pinker, living in Nepal. This lady, who is not a healthcare professional and has no personal connection with thalassaemia, has single-handedly raised enough money to not only open a thalassaemia transfusion clinic in Kathmandu, but to keep it open and running since 2009. The clinic provides free transfusions for over 120 very poor children on a fortnightly basis.
The clinic building has miraculously survived the earthquake, but may need some structural work. However many of the thalassaemia children (who travel many hours to Kathmandu for their transfusions) live in the epicentre of the earthquake and have lost their homes, some are spending the freezing nights in animal sheds with the buffalo, some are in tents and many are in very remote areas. They are in desperate need of our help. The clinic also urgently needs blood and medical supplies.
Many of us want to donate money to help the earthquake victims; but by donating to the Nepal Thalassaemia Society we can make sure that our donations are going directly to help families affected by thalassaemia. The relief efforts are being coordinated by Wendy Pinker in the UK and Durga Pathak, the President of NTS, in Nepal. Please, if you have a spare couple of pounds, consider sending them to NTS for the benefit of the children – a very little money goes a long way in Nepal and you can be sure that your donations are going directly to those in need with thalassaemia.
Every single penny donated will go directly to the Nepal Thalassaemia Society.
Nepal Thalassaemia Society
Account No: 71463209
Sort Code: 40 47 34
Address for cheques:
13 Phoenix Way,
Bristol BS20 7FG
Please make cheques payable to Nepal Thalassaemia Society