The College and EMMS International have teamed up to help improve care in hard to reach places

Chronic sickness causes unnecessary pain and suffering, and places a huge burden of care on young girls. Every day, around the world, girls miss school to care for a family member. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is partnering with Edinburgh based charity EMMS International to change this, and with the help of colleagues and the public, we can help bring quality care to more rural families. With the knowledge that their loved ones are well cared for, girls around the world can return to school and enjoy the opportunities of an education.

As the the "Every Girl Matters" appeal run by EMMS enters its final month, they are calling on their members and friends to “Go the distance” to provide vital palliative care services in rural Nepal. "Go the distance" is a virtual fundraising challenge. It is an opportunity to help others while getting essential lockdown exercise. Challengers should follow all current restrictions in their area and participate safely.

Image: healthcare workers at an EMMS-funded healthcare facility in Nepal

"Go the distance": further information

Choose Your Challenge

  • 3,450m Everest challenge - explore the hills and munros of your local area, climb the stairs or combine the two to scale your Everest.
  • 260km Annapurna challenge - walk, hike, run or cycle the distance of the Annapurna circuit.

Choose your team (or go it alone)

Why not split the distance with a team of colleagues, family or friends - with each of you participating alone or with your household? Perhaps this is an opportunity for some friendly rivalry with competing teams!

Go the distance

This is a healthy and positive challenge, and we know you will participate safely. For an information pack and to sign-up today just click here or call 0131 313 3828.

Go for the double

Complete your challenge by 19 February 2021 and your fundraised donations will be doubled by the UK government to reach even further and show that every girl matters.

How your fundraising can make a difference

There are some significant capital costs which are urgently needed. To help deliver all the training and advocacy in these hard-to-reach areas, communications and transport are essential. For example, computers and mobile phones enable palliative care specialists to support patients and their families in remote villages. Another vital piece of the jigsaw is a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to enable our project partner in Nepal to travel between project sites in Pokhara, Lamjung and 4 remote, rural areas, for training, transport of essential items and supplies, as well as monitoring and evaluation. 

Go the distance by making a one-off donation.

You can also donate directly to the appeal where your gift will also be matched pound for pound by the UK government at Every Girl Matters Appeal.

  • £32 provides care at home for a family dealing with sickness and poverty.
  • £418 trains a healthcare worker to ensure that everyone who needs it has access to quality palliative care.

Please join us in going the distance for patients, young carers and their families in Nepal.