CARING hospital staff are serving up support for a vital medical mission to India.
Volunteers from South Tyneside District Hospital will jet off in January to Dervan, one of the poorest parts of the country, to carry out operations at the city’s Walawalkar Hospital and at outreach camps.
They are helping to fund their international effort with an Indian-themed charity night at Temple Park Centre, South Shields, at 7pm on Saturday, September 7.
A spread of Indian food and entertainment, including Bollywood music, a live band and DJ will be lined up on the fundraising night.
The team from the hospital will lead surgeries restoring sight, correcting facial deformities, carrying out hernia repairs and replacing joints.
Next year’s trip to India will be the ninth, with countless patients given life-changing help by health workers.
Last year, a staggering £9,250 was raised for the venture in South Tyneside, with cash going to the SVJC Trust, which arranges the annual journey.
Dr Sanjay Deshpande, a consultant anaesthetist at South Tyneside District Hospital, originally had the idea for the medical mission, which is also supported by staff from other North East health organisations.
Dr Deshpande said: “We were thrilled with the success of last year’s entertainment evening.
“We’re trying something a little different this time, but we hope people will again buy tickets in aid of this very worthy cause, with the money being used to help pay for flights and the shipping of equipment.
“Our extremely-skilled volunteers are able to give many people, who would otherwise have gone untreated, a quality of life which they could never have imagined.”
Tickets for the charity night are available for £20, which includes food, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Dr Deshpande on 202 4046 or SVJC Trust Chairman Dave Wales on 202 4142.
To find out more about the SVJC Trust, go to www.topopdoc.com