A COUPLE hoping to raise funds to provide therapy for terminally ill patients in Africa have set up a new charity.

Hayley and Samesh Ramjattan, from Bicester, have set up Therapy Africa after witnessing 'needless suffering' of children and adults whilst volunteering at a hospice in South Africa.

The pair, who have been married for eight years, felt they had to do something to help the vulnerable residence at Shallcross Hospice in Durban after visiting in January 2017.

Mrs Ramjattan, who is a highly skilled Paediatric Physiotherapist working in Oxford, said: "Working at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford for the last 10 years I have seen the huge difference physiotherapy can make to infection prevention, patient recovery and quality of life.

"We are so blessed in the UK to have such fantastic care available to us. The patients at Shallcross Hospice come from some of the poorest communities in Durban.

"They are often abandoned, have nowhere else to go and the hospice is the only place where they can receive vital care and support."

The pair want to raise enough money to hire a part-time physiotherapist at the hospice, help train staff and provide a hollistic approach to patient care.

The first fundraising event will be a charity ball at Oxford Town Hall on Saturday, May 5, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £53.69 and include a welcome drink and entry into a raffle.

For details visit therapyafrica.com