Stafforce Recruitment is raising funds to provide emergency healthcare in areas of Nepal badly affected by earthquakes that struck the country earlier this year.
The Rotherham-based company is donating £15,000 to PHASE Worldwide, an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged people living in remote Himalayan villages.
The money will be used to fund a health post in Kashigaun, in the Gorkha District of the country, which will provide medicine, medical supplies and trained health workers to local people suffering in the wake of the disaster.
Stafforce is also raising a further £15,000 to set up a second health post by hosting fundraising events across some of its 30-strong network of branches, bringing the company’s total contribution to £30,000.
Nick Cragg, founder and chairman of Stafforce Recruitment, said the health posts will provide treatments for a range of conditions including broken bones, sickness and infection, maternity care and dental health.
Many of these services were lost when the earthquakes struck the country in April and May, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring a further 23,000.
Mr Cragg said:
The earthquakes in Nepal were an absolute disaster for the country and have left thousands of people in a desperate situation. One of the biggest difficulties people face in the aftermath of such events is access to healthcare just at a time when they need it most.
The funding we are looking to provide will have several uses. It will cover the costs of drugs and other medical supplies for a year, and support two full time members of staff and a third nurse who will cover other health posts in the region.
Kashigaun, situated in northern-central Nepal, is a short distance from the epicentre of the earthquake that hit in April.
It is home to around 2,000 people and the health post will be the only source of medical care for the majority of people living in the area.
The location of the second health post is yet to be decided.
Mr Cragg added that as well as providing medical treatments, the nurses would run awareness and educational workshops on topics such as child health activities, sanitation, safe drinking water and nutrition.
The Nepalese people have suffered the savagery of nature at her worst and need practical help to empower them to support themselves,
“Hopefully by providing this money we can support the Nepalese people to rebuild their communities and their lives.
Sarah Galvin, director of PHASE Worldwide, praised the contribution Stafforce Recruitment was making.
Stafforce Recruitment is really going the extra mile to make a difference in Nepal. Having functioning health posts is the best way of ensuring local people get the help they need and are able to start rebuilding their lives.
To support Stafforce Recruitment’s efforts go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Stafforce.