A class of local yoga enthusiasts have raised £700 for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH).

Led by instructor Dr Ravi Karwa, Associate Specialist in Gastroenterology at the Trust, the Doncaster chapter of the Sri Sri School of Yoga put together a special celebration for International Yoga Day (Sunday 21 June), during which they managed to raise an impressive £1,400 in donations. This money was then divided up equally between the Doncaster Deaf Trust, who hosted the event and DBTH’s Special Care Baby Unit, where the money will go towards improving patient care.

The day itself - which consisted of a three hour long yoga session, an assortment of fun activities and plenty of food – has been taking place every year for the past five years, back when the fledgling group was still getting off the ground and had only eleven members. Yet since those humble beginnings the Sri Sri School, and by extension their fundraising efforts, has grown dramatically, to the point where it now attracts upwards of a 100 voluntary participants. As such, they are now in a position to use the annual event as a way of raising funds for the local community.

Dr Karwa established his yoga group back in 2014, having undergone intensive expert tutelage over in Germany. With the aid of his wife, he organises the regular sessions, leads classes and coordinates big events like the one for international yoga day.

Last year, DBTH used its share of the donation to purchase high tech breathing apparatus for infants. Continuing in this theme, the money from 2019’s event will go towards specialist thermometers used for monitoring the temperature of babies.

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