19th May  - The Citizen Milton Keynes

Symbolic laying of foundation stone for children’s hospital project in Sri Lanka

The end of the beginning…

It might not be the end, or the beginning of the end – but former Leighton Buzzard GP Dr Tush’s plan to build a children’s hospital in Tsunami struck Sri Lanka has reached the end of the beginning.

That’s how Tush Wick and partner Gary Cutter see their roller coaster ride since they embarked on an ambitious scheme in her homeland, devastated by the tidal wave last Boxing Day.

Months raising more than £30,000, including the sale of a treasured Mercedes-Benz car and several trips to Kalutara have seen the symbolic laying of the foundation stone.

Building work proper should start next month or July with Phase 1 open by the first anniversary of the tsunami.

The new Children’s Hospital, with a surgical unit to be built in conjunction with a Cyprus based NGO, could see 100,000 children a year in it’s A&E department alone – five times the number in the present dilapidated facility.

It is Dr Tush’s chance to give back to the homeland and with Gary, a builder, they are determined to see it through. She is driven by the fact that many of the 20,000 children who died in that province in the Tsunami might have survived with medical care.

“We believe in our selves, we have the courage and dedication for the soul purpose of doing good as long as have the support and continued generosity of the public.

“When we can see contributions however small or large. Are making a huge impact on the lives of millions” she said.

But more money is needed. “Your pennies are worth a million pounds. Please keep the donations coming in,” she said.

. And there are plenty of fund raising opportunities coming up

Enter the Charity Golf Day at Windmill Hill Golf Club, Milton Keynes, June 26. Contact Mr MacIntyre on MK 611712.

Attend the Summer Ball at Courtyard Marriot Hotel, off M1 Jct 14, Friday 22nd July. Details and tickets 07765 247828 or 07787 757753

Sponsor sky divers Gary and Samantha Cutter and Chris Farrell on Sunday, July 3 (weather permitting) Call 07765 247828 or 07787 757753