A Gad’s schoolgirl is helping sick children in a remote village in Kenya, by sending them handmade teddy bears.
Seven-year-old Lily Durbin, from Alhallows, knits the cuddly toys with her grandmother and donates them to her cousin, nurse Carrie Thomas, who travels to Muhaka in Kwale County, with international volunteer travel operator Camps International Ltd.
Ms Thomas regularly joins a group of medical worker volunteers to provide a healthcare outreach programme for children in the remote Kenyan village.
Lily wanted to do her bit to help and the idea of making and sending the teddies was all her own.
Gad’s Year three class teacher, Mrs Ravinder Sandhu, said: “We are extremely proud of Lily – she is a very kind and caring member of my class and we celebrated her compassion in a special assembly.
“Lily goes above and beyond to help people in and out of school and is a great ambassador for our Gad’s family.”
Each year, more than 175 dedicated medical professionals travel to Kenya, volunteering two weeks of their time several times a year, to deliver essential medical care and treatments to over 27,000 people.
Many people in rural Kenya are living below the poverty line and access to proper healthcare is often limited or non-existent. The volunteers run free community clinics, offering consultations, treatments, medication and testing for a whole range of conditions.