Communities will be walking 26 miles to raise money for basic care provisions for the homeless in the streets of London. Funds raised will enable ‘Nishkam S.W.A.T.’ to purchase a vehicle for a mobile doctor and dentist surgery, helping support the displaced and provide immediate care at a tactical level.
Research shows that in the UK, the widespread ill health of the homeless community is often left undiagnosed, leading to long-term issues and complications. Considering the resource challenges faced by the wider NHS, the homeless are often left to experience some of the worst health problems in society.
It is documented that 73% of homeless people live with a health condition and 45% with a long term condition, compared to just 28% of the general population.
Dentist, Dr Gaurav Obhrai said: “A mobile dentist is a fantastic way to get healthcare out to the most vulnerable. Evidence shows there are many associated health problems that are exacerbated by poor dental health. Not only this, it affects self-esteem, which is essential to getting back on your feet after sleeping rough.
Providing this service will allow us to diagnose medical conditions with basic oral examinations, helping improve the quality of life and future prospects.”
Nishkam S.W.A.T. Global Operations Director, Randeep Singh, said: “We have been doing street walks for some time now and got a real insight into the needs of the homeless. In fact, you can say ‘we are going from walking with to walking for the homeless.
I am confident that with a mobile unit we will be able to make a measurable difference. I would encourage everyone to join in and get involved.”
On Saturday July 8, fundraisers will walk from Southall to Piccadilly Circus and return again to complete 26 miles – taking approximately 12 hours – and will include refreshments and a vegetarian lunch for all involved.
To find out more, visit: bit.ly/swatwalk17