Epworth nurse Amanda Jackson is to set up her own charity, to help a community in one of the world’s poorest countries.
The head of children’s nursing who works across North Lincolnshire returned recently from her second self-funded trip to Malawi.
Amanda, 46, is determined to return to do more work with vulnerable communities, but in the meantime, interest from colleagues has spurred her to launch her own fund in the New Year.
She already supports her own family in Blantyre, and said: “I was better prepared for the sheer scale of poverty this time and so adapted more quickly.
“People there walk five miles to have a dressing changed under a tree, and often can’t go to hospital because they can’t pay to get there.
“You see many leg and foot wounds, and I was there in the mango season so casualties had fallen out of trees, or touched electrical wires. One man who electrocuted himself would have been in intensive care here but there was treated on the ground.
“Women literally give birth, then get up and walk away. If there are complications then they sometimes die. This occurred while I was there to a woman who had twins and needed a blood transfusion.”
Amanda has raised cash to ensure youngsters at the Blantyre school have uniform, as previously those who were in rags were being bullied.
She left ‘her’ family, teachers Nancy and Jambo Jedegwa and their son Shalom a mobile phone and laptop, and is now in touch with them every day.
“Being out there in Malawi is the most worthwhile thing I’ve done and I hope to take a new volunteer with me next time,” added Amanda.
“My daughter Holly wants to become involved too.”