by Martin Thomas
Top surgeons from the Ear, Nose and Throat team at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool went barefoot to support a national social media fundraising campaign to help survivors of the Nepal earthquakes.
The ENT team at the hospital are best known for their work as the regional centre of excellence, and leading national research programmes. The team are part of the largest Head and Neck unit in the country.
But they swapped their skills in the theatre to go barefoot for the #NoSocksRocks charity fundraising initiative led by their colleague, consultant anaesthetist Dr Shambhu Acharya.
The campaign on social media aims to raise funds for UK charity Health Exchange Nepal. HExN has already sent a 21-strong team of volunteer doctors from Britain to help survivors of the two earthquakes which struck Nepal in April and May, causing thousands of casualties.
Dr Acharya, pictured centre, said: “It’s great to get the support of my colleagues for such a worthwhile cause. We’re well on the way towards our £100,000 target, and every time someone takes a photo and makes a small donation then we move that much closer. Every penny donated makes a difference to lives of people in Nepal who survived the earthquakes, but who now have significant medical needs.”
To help HExN raise awareness of the earthquake appeal and to reach their fundraising target of £100,000, the charity is inviting supporters to share photos of themselves without socks at work or taking part in their favourite activities, using the hashtag #NoSocksRocks to then challenge their friends.
Prof Satyan Rajbhandari, General Secretary of HExN, said: “People have been very generous across the country, and that support has enabled us to get doctors to the areas most in need in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.
“The terrible injuries many survivors have will require long-term support. Our next challenge is to offer rehabilitation treatment to people in Nepal, so that we can give them the best quality of life.”
Jeremy Ward, Chairman of HExN, added: “We hope that lots of people will support the No Socks Rocks! campaign and donate to the appeal, because every penny makes a difference. Using #NoSocksRocks will ensure that we’re continuing to make people aware of how much help is still needed for those in Nepal.”
To find out more about the No Socks Rocks campaign, follow HExN on Twitter @HExNepal, Facebook at HexN, or visit the website at http://www.hexn.org.