Newquay nurse's mission of mercy to Africa needs money
A NEWQUAY nurse is appealing for help to fulfil her dream of looking after sick patients in Africa next year.
Samantha Mitchell, 26, wants to jet off to Ghana in April to work in hospitals, clinics and the community treating people with no other access to medical care.
Malaria, HIV and Aids are Ghana's biggest medical problems, and Samantha plans to spend eight weeks as a volunteer with the company Projects Abroad Pro, which supports and supplements healthcare provision in the developing world.
However, she must raise £4,000 to cover her placement fee, travel costs, vaccinations, kit and a donation of medical supplies to the hospital where she will be working.
Samantha, who lives in Indian Queens, said: "I chose to be a volunteer because I wanted to use my specific skills to help the people of a developing country.
"We take for granted that we can just visit our doctor or hospital in this country and forget that other people in the world don't have access to basic care like we do.
"As a nurse I'm able to take the skills I've learnt and use them to help those who need them, and hopefully make a difference to their lives."
Samantha is holding several fundraising events in the coming months as well as contributing funds towards her target from her full-time job at Newquay Hospital, has begun taking on extra shifts at other hospitals in the county and is now appealing to the public for donations.
"As well as the fundraising events, I'm asking for sponsorship from various companies and for donations.
"The healthcare structure in Ghana is patchy and inadequate but even then isn't up to Western standards.
"Recently they established a national health insurance scheme which offers financial risk protection against the cost of quality basic healthcare for all residents in Ghana and this has helped improve the situation with the aid of volunteers from abroad."
Samantha is holding a fundraising bingo night at Indian Queens Working Men's Club on December 6.
Doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start and any donations of prizes would be gratefully received. Tea and coffee will be available and a raffle will be held.
The club will also be hosting a live music and raffle evening on January 17 at 7.30pm. Admission is by entry fee on the door and a number of local bands and musicians will be playing on the night as well as a raffle.
To help Samantha with her appeal directly, contact her on 07545 578279.