A former Shutford woman is launching an ambitious fund to help prevent serious illness, pain and death for African children without access to clean water.
Emma Hodgkins, 34, hairdresser and salon director, lives in Bath but is holding her charity launch in Shutford this coming Sunday.
She intends to raise money to buy and install water filtration systems in Ghana, where her life was turned around by two children at risk of death from ringworm complications.
She said: “The children, Porsche and Kofe, had contracted ringworm from dirty water and had no medical insurance to pay for treatment.
"Their condition had become critical.
“Kofe had egg shaped lumps on his head which had gone septic and were bleeding. I took him and his sister, who had the same symptoms, to hospital for treatment.”
During the same trip Miss Hodgkins contracted typhoid, even though she had been vaccinated and had been careful with the water she drank.
She soon raised enough funds for two water filters – giving 300 people clean water for up to 12 years –and has formed the Helen Hodgkins Trust in memory of her late mother.
Her next fundraising adventure is to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – an effort which she hopes people will sponsor her for to the tune of £1,500 to pay for a further six water filters.
She said: “All donations go directly to funding clean water and getting medical insurance for children in African villages.”
To read more and to donate to the fund, see www.helenhodgkinstrust.org.