Head girl raises £16k to pay for new X-ray machine in Senegal

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 October 2015

Angharad Flower during her 150mile cycle across England.

Angharad Flower during her 150mile cycle across England.

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A caring pupil from Backwell has taken part in a half marathon and cycled 150 miles to pay for an X-ray machine for a hospital in Senegal.

Angharad Fllowers outside Barthimee Hospital in Senegal.Angharad Fllowers outside Barthimee Hospital in Senegal.

Angharad Flower, aged 18, spent three weeks working in Barthimee Hospital in West Africa in 2014 to gain work experience ready to study medicine at university.

The hospital had no X-ray machine and patients had to be transferred to another hospital for an X-ray, before returning to Barthimee for a diagnosis and treatment.

When Angharad returned from her trip, she was desperate to raise funds for an X-ray machine to help staff treat patients more quickly.

Over the past year she has put on a huge number of events at her school, taken part in the Bristol 10k and cycled 150 miles from Whitehaven to Tynemouth.

She has now reached her £16,000 target and would like to thank everyone who has supported her.

She said: “When I started fundraising I never expected to raise as much as I have.

“I visited the hospital a year ago and I saw first-hand the need for an X-ray machine so when I came home I thought about raising money for it.

“I got the school involved and organised lots of events.

“I’ll be sending the money off in the next couple of weeks and then I’m hoping to go back to Senegal next summer to see what difference the X-ray machine has made.

“When I was there last summer, patients came to the hospital, then they were sent to another one to have an X-ray, then they came back with their X-ray and it was a really long process.”

Angharad, who is head girl at Backwell School, spoke in assemblies and was interviewed for BBC Radio Bristol about the cause.

She put on a fundraising meal at Yatton Methodist Church, a Senegalese quiz evening and dinner, lots of cake sales and contacted local businesses to ask for donations to the cause.

In school she organised a non-uniform day and a fun run and the staff donated funds from their production of The Wizard of Neverland to the appeal.

Her biggest challenges included the Bristol 10k, which she ran with her friend Abbie Mitchell, the Bristol Half Marathon and she cycled 150 miles across England from Whitehaven to Tynemouth.

During her work experience, Angharad shadowed the head doctor, helped out on ward rounds and observed consultations and surgery.

Her favourite part of the experience was watching cleft lip and cleft palate surgery which transforms children’s lives.

She has now applied to study medicine at University College in London.


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