A Banbury student with hopes of becoming a doctor one day is getting ready to embark on a month-long trip to Africa to help out in a hospital.
Emily Millward, 17, of Horton View, is in Year 12 at Banbury Academy Sixth Form and will travel to Tanzania on July 18 to take part in a medical work experience programme by Gap Medics. She will volunteer in the town of Morogoro, working at both a hospital and an orphanage, and has to pay the £4,000 cost of the trip herself.
She said: “I asked my head of sixth if she knew of any opportunities like this as I want to go to medical school. When I saw something on TV about the programmes I really wanted to get involved.
“I’m really excited but also quite nervous as I will be travelling on my own. But there are other people doing the same thing so I’m sure I will meet lots of new people out there.”
Emily has raised nearly £2,000 in sponsorship so far, and her latest challenge is on February 15 when she will do a bungee jump in Windsor. As well as flights she has to pay for her visa, insurance, vaccinations and travel.
She said: “The support I have had from my friends and family has been absolutely amazing. I was actually quite shocked by the number of people who have been so generous and donated money.
“The experience will be amazing and I hope I can inspire more people to do something like this. I don’t know what to expect out there, but I’m sure it will involve seeing doctors treat illnesses that are easily treatable in the UK.”
Gap Medics provides medical work experience for students aged between 16 and 25.
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