A Farnsfield student is preparing for the month-long trip of a lifetime in Tanzania where she will be working at a hospital and helping rebuild a surgery.
Eighteen-year-old Lauren Fernandes volunteered to help in aid of a charity set up in memory of an ex-Nottingham University medical student who dreamed of providing hospitals and clinics in the East African country.
Lauren attends the University of Nottingham Medical School and was inspired to help out by the ex-student’s mother, who works closely with the faculty.
Said Lauren: “I am really excited and terrified as well. We have extra lectures this year to learn things like stitching and we will need to know about tropical diseases like Malaria to help out with treatment.
“I have heard they will be delivering babies - which I am very excited about.”
The kind-hearted medical student is fundraising with various activities including carol singing and packing bags at supermarkets to raise £2,000 for medical equipment and building supplies for the clinic.
Lauren said the clinic would need equipment such as devices to measure blood pressure.
The Farnsfield student has just started her five-year medical degree and hopes to specialise in paediatrics. She said: “We have to apply for jobs after university and it is competitive so anything that makes a CV stand out definitely helps.”
Lauren will be spending two weeks helping out at the hospital during her trip in July next year and then another two weeks helping build the surgery in Moshi, Tanzania. The keen medical student said she was looking forward to the challenge.
If you would like to donate and help Lauren raise £2,000 for the equipment needed please visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LaurenFernandes-1.