A Bicester couple hoping to raise funds to provide therapy for terminally ill patients in Africa have set up a new charity.
Hayley and Samesh Ramjattan founded Therapy Africa after witnessing the ‘needless suffering’ of children and adults when volunteering at a South African hospice last year.
The pair, who have been married for eight years, will host a black tie fundraiser at Oxford Town Hall on May 5 to drum up as much support as possible.
They want to raise enough money to hire a part-time physiotherapist, help train staff and provide a holistic approach to patient care at Shallcross Hospice in Durban, Mr Ramjattan’s home town.
Mrs Ramjattan, a highly skilled paediatric physiotherapist working in Oxford, said: “We are so blessed in the UK to have such fantastic care available to us. The patients at Shallcross Hospice come from some of the poorest communities in Durban.
“They are often abandoned, have nowhere else to go and the hospice is the only place where they can receive vital care and support.”
Mr Ramjattan added: “From going out and seeing first-hand the challenges the hospice faces I know what a difference Therapy Africa can make.”
Visit therapyafrica.com for more information about the project and the fundraiser.