United Kingdom-based and Bulawayo-born philanthropist, Tosca Fairchild, visited Mpilo Central Hospital last week with a team of doctors and nurses to support the training and education of renal clinicians in the country.
Fairchild revealed that she lost her mother in 2015 after she succumbed to kidney failure and this has motivated her to return to Bulawayo to offer her help after living in Britain for more than 20 years.
She urged locals to support diaspora-based Zimbabweans when they come home so that they can do more for Mpilo Hospital. She said:
We need support when we come and there are so many things that can be done and in my view, the work that I want to do for Mpilo is wider than the renal unit.
As I walked around, I saw a lot of potential for the support that if I gather the support of my colleagues from Zimbabwe living in the UK, we can do something.
For example, the visitors’ benches outside are broken, we can just fundraise and buy new benches. The nurse’s accommodation also needs a lot of work, the hospital needs wheelchairs and various other things and we can donate to assist.
Fairchild said she has worked in the UK for the National Health Service (NHS) for the past 15 years as a commissioner then moved to large acute hospitals, and also at Derby Hospital for eight years, before moving to Burton Hospital.