Audiology charity work in Romania
Dr Ella Carmaciu (CMUK) and Vicki Skeels (The Hearing Care Centre) spent a week in Romania at the end of October 2013, helping disadvantaged elderly pensioners with free ear examinations and donated hearing aids. They linked up with two Romanian charities – Christiana Association in Brasov and the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation in Bucharest.
Ella explains: ‘I was born in Romania and graduated from the Carol Davila Medical School in Bucharest. I am very happy to have had the chance to organise this charity trip back to my country and also fortunate to have had Vicki on board, who was most helpful, generous and extremely professional.
‘We were also joined by our teenage children (Vicki’s daughter, Charlotte, and my son, Adam), who had the opportunity to experience voluntary work first hand. There were times when we were all crying together with happiness after seeing our patients’ emotions at the sudden improvement in their hearing. We hope to be able to go back in the future and offer more support to other disadvantaged Romanian pensioners.’
Vicki adds, ‘I was so lucky to be involved with this very worthwhile project. I was able to fit many, many local people with hearing aids unwanted and donated by my private patients and the NHS. It was fantastic to see the joy these ‘unwanted’ devices could bring.’
The charity project team in Bucharest
Vicki Skeels with one of the beneficiaries
Vicki and Ella with one of the beneficiaries
Ella and the charity project team in Brasov
Vicki and Luiza with a beneficiary at the Elderly Home in Sacele, Brasov County