Two retired doctors from Radlett are continuing to serve the NHS during the pandemic by taking daily walks to raise money for staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.
Mrs Sneha Kulkarni, 76, and her husband, Aravind, 81, from Homefield Road, were both frontline hospital doctors in 1969, when there was a red alert in the UK due to a flu epidemic.
Mrs Kulkarni told RadlettNews that the present pandemic has had a major impact on the couple for a number of reasons.
She said: “We lost large number of patients throughout UK (in 1969).
As we were frontline hospital doctors, we were affected badly psychologically.
The present pandemic had a great impact on us, brought back the old memories.
“As both our children and daughter-in-law are frontline hospital consultants, it adds to our mental stress.”
This didn’t stop Mrs Kulkarni wanting to volunteer for the NHS during this time – but due to their age, her and Mr Kulkarni self-isolate.
Despite the restrictions, the couple have raised more than £2,000 for NHS workers by doing daily walks.
Mrs Kulkarni said: “I wanted to do some charity work in support of our trusted NHS. I decided to utilise my self-isolation time for my charity walk daily for one hour from April 18.
“My husband has always been the solid support for me since our marriage 51 years ago. He has always stayed in the background, away from limelight, but he has joined me in my daily walks and is determined to walk until the end of the present lockdown and continue until the pandemic situation improves, despite his age and underlying health issues.
“I feel that he should get recognition for his determination and perseverance to walk more than 4km daily, despite his age and underlining health problems. I am sure your support will give him moral support and encouragement to fulfil his aim.”
Mr Kulkarni added: “Having worked for the NHS for so long, we are very passionate and we care so much. We just want to do our bit however we can. We can’t be on the frontlines this time, but rather than sitting idle, we’ll keep doing this to help.”
Mrs Kulkarni has had to persevere herself; she had a fall during a half marathon in September last year for Liver North Charity, fracturing her right tibia and right clavicle. In spite of these injuries, she completed the run. In February 2020, she needed an operation on her fractured shoulder and she’s doing these walks despite having not fully recovered yet.
To show the Kulkarni’s your support, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/sneha-kulkarni