Awareness of African hospital

A child at one of the hospitals in Sierra Leone waiting for physiotherapy treatment
A child at one of the hospitals in Sierra Leone waiting for physiotherapy treatment
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A DOCUMENTARY maker has produced a video to raise awareness of an African nation’s first bike marathon in aid two children’s charities.

Jamie Blyth, of Walsham-le-Willows, has produced a trailer to promote Toure de Leone, which will see five cyclists tackle 320km of some of the toughest terrain in Sierra Leone.

James Blyth who some of the children in Sierra Leone

James Blyth who some of the children in Sierra Leone

Their mammoth effort will raise funds for the charities Street Child of Sierra Leone and the Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation’s Magbenteh Community Hospital.

Mr Blyth, 33, visited the hospital while filming a documentary on the fastest built railway in the world.

He said: “When I went to the hospital, I was deeply moved by what I saw.

“There was malnutrition, amputees, malaria, Aids and yellow fever. It’s extreme poverty but there’s incredible bravery by the camp doctor who is keeping the place running.

“We - myself and my colleague and cameraman James Kennan - made the short-film.

“It brought tears to my eyes to see the suffering and bravery of the children and the exceptional passion of the staff. I realised we could make a difference so very easily.”

To see the video visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2DnTw5VHas&feature=youtu.be