Epic Himalayan job for Wigtown doctor

Dr Dunn all set to go
Dr Dunn all set to go

A Wigtown doctor is gearing up for a charity cycle in the foothills of the Himalayas.

DrJim Dunn, 58, will be among 24 cyclists from throughout the UK who will take part in an epic challenge to cycle 350km through the foothills of the Himalayas from 8-17 November.

With the healthcare charity EMMS International, the cyclists will be helping to improve the health of mothers and their babies who would otherwise go without essential healthcare in the Dang District of Nepal.

Dr Dunn from Wigtown Medical Practice, who lived in Nepal 23 years ago, is joining the forthcoming Cycle Nepal team,and will be pedalling an average of 65 km each day through hilly terrain.

He said: “I took part in a similar bike ride in Malawi same years ago. This time I am looking forward to being back in the wonderful country of Nepal where I worked for six years. I am hoping my Nepali language will come back from the recesses of my brain.

“As well as the bike ride I will spend two weeks back at my old hospital. I hope I am still fit enough to cope with the hills!

“It has been humbling to see the amazing generosity of Wigtownshire folk signing up as sponsors.”

EMMS International, in partnership with INF, is launching a new health project in Dang focusing on improving the health of pregnant women, postnatal mothers and infants.

To support Doc Jim on this challenge please visit: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jimdunn1