Fun run raises cash for new hospital X-ray kit in Senegal
PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 April 2015
A KIND-hearted pupil from Backwell School rallied fellow students and staff to help her raise money for a hospital in Senegal.
Angharad Flower, aged 17, spent three works working in Barthimée Hospital, in West Africa, last summer to gain work experience as she plans to study medicine at university.
During her placement she saw the hospital’s only X-ray machine was broken so she decided to raise money to pay for a new one.
The year 12 pupil organised a non-uniform day at Backwell School as well as a sponsored fun run to raise money for the machine.
She said: “Last summer I spent three weeks volunteering in the Barthimée Hospital in Senegal, to gain medical experience.
“While I was there I shadowed the head doctor, helping out on ward rounds as well as observing consultations and surgery.
“It was really interesting to see such a variety of patients of all ages and with all sorts of diseases and problems.
“My favourite part of working in the hospital was watching cleft lip and cleft palate surgery.
“In Senegal, children with cleft lip and cleft palates are outcast and are persecuted in their villages and communities. Therefore, having this operation has the ability to be completely life-changing.
“I was struck by the fact that the only X-ray machine in the hospital was broken so, since the summer I have begun to raise money for an X-ray machine.”
Angharad has been talking to pupils about her experiences and her fundraising efforts during assemblies.
A number of pupils were also inspired to join the one-mile fun run around the school grounds to raise money for the cause.