KGH nurse from Corby to volunteer at Kenyan orphanage

Emma Reid will be volunteering at a Kenyan orphanage next month.

Emma Reid will be volunteering at a Kenyan orphanage next month.

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A nurse from Corby will spend two weeks volunteering at an orphanage in Kenya next month.

Emma Reid, who is a sister at Kettering General Hospital, will fly out on December 6 with friend and colleague Mary McDonald.

Emma, 30, who is funding the trip herself, will be helping out at a remote orphanage and hopes to work in some villages and hospitals.

And she says she is preparing herself for a once in a lifetime opportunity.

She said: “We’ll be going out to an orphanage in the jungle called Shimba Hills and help out doing chores for them.

“I’m hoping to get out and help some people in the local villages because some of the families literally have nothing.

“They massively need our help because so many people get bitten to shreds by mosquitoes at night and contract malaria.

“All of this can be prevented by something as simple as tracksuit bottoms or a top, they’re happy for anything.”

Emma, who has worked at Kettering General Hospital for 10 years, is urging people to donate whatever they can to the orphanage’s cause through their Just Giving page.

She added: “This is a chance in a lifetime and we’re hoping to take out some anti-malaria spray with us.

“We’re going to work as hard as we can to do our bit give something back.

“Everyone has told me to be prepared for what we’ll see but I don’t think you can prepare for that level of poverty.

“Any donations to the orphanage’s fundraising page would be really appreciated.”

To donate to the orphanage, visit the fundraising page.

To find out more about the orphanage, visit its website.