Sports therapists embark on humanitarian mission in Greece

Sports Science Therapy graduates have launched a fundraising page to help achieve their goal of volunteering to help refugees in Lesvos, Greece.

Date: 23 May 2019

Two Sports Science Therapy (SST) graduates and one current SST student have launched a fundraising page to fund a humanitarian trip to the Greek island of Lesvos

Will Coghlan (pictured with the massage beds in Lesvos) and Francesco Recchia, two Sports Therapy BSc graduates, and Angelika Napierala, a Sports and Dance Therapy BSc student, will travel to Lesvos in June 2019 to volunteer for Medical Volunteers International who are working in conjunction with One Happy Family to care for the local refugee community.

“This is the first time the humanitarian charities have ever included sport therapists in their volunteering missions of providing therapeutic support for local refugees from the Moria and Kara Tepe refugees' camps,” commented Angelika Napierala.

“The mission is self-funded and involves covering costs such as travel, accommodation and food. Therefore we are relying a lot on external financial support so that we can provide necessary treatments and develop this long term lasting relationship.

“We are hugely excited for this project and extremely grateful for any support which can be provided.”

The aim of the project is to provide regular medical care where it is not usually available. The charity treats around 600 patients a month in Lesvos. The majority of patients are African and Afghani.

The therapists will be presented with numbers of challenges, ranging from acute trauma therapy resulting from surgery, to chronic leg and back pain resulting from the conditions of travel and living as well as the many cultural issues that may influence the therapy.

The trio have launched three fundraising pages, one to support Angelika and another for Francesco, and a final one for Will.