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A Legacy of Compassion: Mrs. Mary Thomas’ Generous £10,000 Donation To Help Smile Trust Transforms Lives at Navkshitij Rehabilitation Centre

Posted on: 9 Jan 2024

In the annals of philanthropy, there are stories that transcend the ordinary, leaving an indelible mark on the lives they touch. Such is the tale of Mrs. Mary Thomas, whose selfless generosity continues to make a profound impact on the underprivileged population in the rural parts of the developing world through Help Smile Trust. Mrs. Thomas, in her will, bequeathed a generous sum of £10,000 to the Trust, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the landscape of care for mentally challenged adults at the Navkshitij Rehabilitation Centre in rural India.

The Noble Inheritance:
The £10,000 donation from the late Mrs. Mary Thomas became a beacon of hope for Help Smile Trust, empowering them to extend their assistance to those in dire need. The trustees recognized the gravity of the responsibility entrusted to them and resolved to utilize this noble gift for a cause that aligns with their mission of compassion and service.

A Lifeline for Navkshitij:
The realization of a pressing need for a four-wheeler at Navkshitij in 2023 prompted Help Smile Trust to step forward. The requirements ranged from emergency transport during hospitalizations to collecting groceries from donors, picking up raw materials for the workshop, and attending competitions or events with the special friends of Navkshitij. A proposal was crafted, and the trustees engaged in discussions during their visit to Navkshitij in 2023.

The Partnership with Help Smile Trust:
The proposal to sponsor an EECO Van, a seven-seat vehicle capable of meeting the diverse needs of Navkshitij, was presented to Mr. Vadodaria , Dr Bela Vadodaria , Mr Rajeev Subhedar , Mrs Mohini Subhedar of Help Smile Trust. Dr. Shailesh and Mr. Sudhir Vadodaria, after careful consideration and a thorough analysis of Navkshitij’s needs and past records, decided to wholeheartedly support the proposal. This marked the beginning of a partnership that would significantly enhance the welfare of mentally challenged adults at Navkshitij Rehabilitation Centre.

Transformative Impact:
The EECO Van, made possible by Mrs. Mary Thomas’ benevolent donation and Help Smile Trust’s commitment, has become a lifeline for the special friends at Navkshitij. It serves as more than just a vehicle; it represents a tangible manifestation of kindness, compassion, and community support. From one-day trips to acting as an ambulance, the EECO Van plays a crucial role in bringing special people to the Navkshitij campus and ensuring the smooth flow of daily activities.

Mr. Sudhir Vadodaria, his family and special friends with the New ECCO Van that arrived on 9th November 2023
EECO Van at Navkshitij
Special friends posing with the new EECO Van