A Tayside man has paid tribute to the generosity of local people for their support of a cause on the other side of the world.
Swarthick Salins is originally from Hyderabad in India but has lived in Perth with his wife Ranjana and children Ruhaani, Rabonni and Adonai for several years.
His sister Dr Sybil Meshramkar runs the Velemegna Hospital in India’s Bidar province which was started by their parents Christy and Sushila.
The hospital’s mission is to reach out to those in need without regard to religion, caste, gender or social status.
Since its inception in 1968, Velemegna has helped those in physical distress, as well as teaching about how to care for others.
Patients and volunteers are also taught about religion.
Many of those treated at Velemegna suffer from leprosy.
The hospital carries out surgery on a daily basis, with many of the operations to treat eye problems. Over the years, thousands of patients have been successfully treated.
Swarthick will travel to the hospital later this month, taking the love of its Tayside supporters with him.
At Christmas, they helped raise £2,640 for the hospital’s work.
The money came from various groups and individuals including Tayside Leprosy Mission Dundee and the Open Door senior citizens group at the Perth Church of the Nazarene, to which the Salins belong.
“The Christmas appeal always brings in a good amount of cash and my gratitude goes out to everyone for giving,” said Swarthick.
“Last year we raised enough to complete 24 house roofs. This year, we need £6,000 for 26 more.
“Part of the Christmas money raised will go to this.”
Swarthick also takes leisure clothing donated by Tayside folk to the hospital and some of it will go with him on this latest trip.