Surgical gifts

08 January 2008

by Margaret Duggan

RAISING MONEY to remove wombs in Nepal sounds a slightly odd cause for a Christmas bazaar, but this is the second time that the people of St Peter and St Paul, Weobley, in Hereford diocese, have dedicated their funds to it (above).

“We always look for a small Christian charity where our donation can have a real impact,” the Vicar, the Revd Bob King, told me. “The friend of a member of our congregation is a woman surgeon who goes to Nepal to perform these hysterectomies, and with the £1300 we have raised this year she can help more than 50 women.”

The charity is the International Nepal Fellowship, based in Birmingham, that works in hospitals, and clinics for TB, leprosy, and HIV/Aids. It also trains the Nepalese in health care. The hysterectomies can transform women’s lives, and, so far, the people of Weobley have enabled more than 100 to be performed.

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