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Staff from UCLan’s School of Medicine have gone barefoot to support a national social media fundraising campaign to provide healthcare and aid for survivors of the Nepal earthquakes.

UK charity Health Exchange Nepal (UK) launched ‘No Socks Rocks!’ on Wednesday,1 July to help fund medical aid for Nepal. The 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.

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 then to challenge their friends.

Professor Cathy Jackson, Head of UCLan’s School of Medicine, said: “As a medical school recruiting international students we are very keen that staff and students look at the global picture in terms of their responsibilities towards health care." We are very pleased to be able to support our colleagues in the relief effort in whatever way we can. On a hot day like today we all benefit from this fundraising activity.”

 


“As a medical school recruiting international students we are very keen that staff and students look at the global picture in terms of their responsibilities towards health care."

 


 

 

Professor Satyan Rajbhandari, General Secretary of HexN, added: “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.

“Many survivors have terrible injuries and will require long-term support. Our next challenge is to offer rehabilitation treatment to people in Nepal so we can provide them with the best quality of life.”

Jeremy Ward, Chairman of HExN, concluded: “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 No Socks Rocks!, follow HExN on Twitter @HExNepal, Facebook at HexN, or visit the website at www.hexn.org.