Nursing sister’s lorry load of aid hits the road

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A NURSING sister from West Suffolk Hospital has enlisted the help of Bury St Edmunds-based charity Aid to Hospitals Worldwide and local Rotarians to help a hospital in Bangladesh.

A lorry loaded with medical equipment set off for Moulvibarzar Eye Hospital on Tuesday from Barrow to deliver its vital cargo.

Rachel Andrews, an ophthalmic nursing sister, visited the hospital over a number of years and saw they were in desperate need of aid.

Her first call was to Aid for Hospitals Worldwide (A2HW) which sends millions of pounds worth of used NHS medical equipment, destined to go to landfill, to those around the world that really need it.

With help from friends, family, her church and Bury Abbey Rotary Club, she raised the £6,000 needed to transport the equipment.

Rachel said the aid would help thousands of people.

She said: “In 2006 and 2008 I went with a charity to work in an eye hospital in North East Bangladesh. I had such a raport with the hospital I went back in 2010 but on my own and paid for myself – I went for a week, but the volcanic ash cloud meant I stayed for three. This will make a huge difference to the people over there, the hospitals get very little money from their government.”

Mike Coleman, CEO and founder of A2HW, said: “The best part of doing what we do is seeing people like Rachel. I get a real buzz seeing the equipment coming in and going out but it is special helping someone prepared to put their money where their mouth is to help a cause they believe in.”