Doncaster student giving up her Christmas to help refugees
Leah Macualey, aged 18, from Edlington has decided to spend her festive period in Calais with other paramedic students from her university in Worster.
She will spend December 13 - 19 volunteering at refugee camps - giving medical aid to people who need care.
She said: “These are people who have been torn away from their homes and are really vulnerable.
“They need medical care and emotional support.”
Leah decided to embark on this volunteer trip because of a family connection to loss during the festive period.
She said: “I lost my nan 2 years ago at Christmas from terminal cancer.
“The carers and nurses who helped us during the seasonal period gave us their time and that’s why I want to be a paramedic.
“I want to give back to people who need it.
“Why shouldn’t I give up my time to make someone else’s world a better place.”
Leah is a first-year student and hopes that this experience will not also help those in the refugee camps but the students going to volunteer.
She says the life experience of seeing those conditions will make them better at their future jobs.
Leah is asking for donations to help with the trip as it is a self-funded venture.Donate Here.
She needs to raise around £300 to cover travel and accommodation.
She also has a kit list for supplies to bring to the refugees she’s helping.