Hospital staff get set for a trip to Africa

CYCLE CHALLENGE: Scunthorpe General Hospital staff (from left) Karen Cross, of Crowle, Natalie Dowell, of Scunthorpe, and Amanda Jackson, of Epworth, who will complete a 15 mile cycle across the Isle on Saturday.
CYCLE CHALLENGE: Scunthorpe General Hospital staff (from left) Karen Cross, of Crowle, Natalie Dowell, of Scunthorpe, and Amanda Jackson, of Epworth, who will complete a 15 mile cycle across the Isle on Saturday.

Amanda Jackson, of Waterhall, Epworth, and neonatal community nurse Clare South, of Caistor, are both seeking to raise money so they can fly to Malawi to do voluntary work with the charity, Impact Africa.

Amanda, Operational Matron for Children’s Services at Scunthorpe General Hospital, will be joined on the cycle route by midwife colleagues Karen Cross, of Crowle, and Natalie Dowell, of Scunthorpe.

The trio will set off on a 15 mile route from Crowle on Saturday at 10am, travelling through Belton and Epworth before returning to Crowle.

Clare will not be taking part in the cycle ride but both she and Amanda (44) need to raise £2,000 to cover the costs of the trip to Malawi in May.

The country is among the world’s least developed and suffers from both a low life expectancy and high infant mortality rate.

“Both Clare and I have wanted to do some voluntary work for a while as we know the skills we have can make a difference to the lives of vulnerable and sick children living in Africa,” explained Amanda.

“We know the conditions in Malawi are going to be very different from here at home but we aim to go out there and do what we can to help.”

The pair will spend a month volunteering at a rural health centre and an orphanage.

“Emotionally it is going to be very tough but even if we can go out there and do a little bit of good, it will be so worthwhile,” added Amanda.

“I’m not a professional cyclist but thought this would be a good way to raise money for the trip.”

To sponsor Amanda phone her on 07967 635312.