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Cumbrian nursing students raise £5,000 needed to head for Philippines

Experience: Student nurses Katie Chapman, left, and Bethany Brockbank have raised money through fundraising events and the kind support of local organisations to enable them to go to the Philippines for three weeks and work in a hospital

Two student nurses are celebrating after raising the money they need to travel overseas and help out at a hospital in the developing world. Bethany Brockbank, 19, and Katie Chapman, 20, launched a £5,000 appeal last September after getting the opportunity to complete voluntary work in the Philippines this summer.

Through a combination of donations, totalling more than £3,000, and their own savings the University of Cumbria students have achieved their ambitious total.

The duo, who have this year completed placements at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, thanked the community for its support.

They will now fly out to the Philippines on June 28 for three weeks, giving up some of their summer holidays to help those in need. While there they will work at the Western Visayas Medical Centre in Iloilo City, working in areas such as A&E and intensive care.

They are travelling with an organisation called Work the World after getting in touch through the university. When not working they will be living with 25 other medical students from across the world.

Bethany said: “We’ve paid for our flights so it’s definitely happening. It’s been tough raising the money but we’ve had a lot of support, from tutors and people in Carlisle.

“We’re really looking forward to it. I want to find out more about the culture and how the hospitals work out there. I’m looking forward to meeting people and sharing some of my knowledge. And I might also pick up some new ideas while we’re there.”

As well as holding fundraisers, including a quiz night and bag-packing events, the students have had support from various organisations, including Carlisle’s Freemason lodges and rotary clubs.

They have also been given £300 by the Carlisle Overseas Aid Trust to buy medical supplies when they arrive.

Both Bethany and Katie are just finishing the second year of their nursing degrees.



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