David gets on his bike for Ghana trip

IPSWICH nursing student David Garner today told of his journey home with a difference to help raise funds for a training trip to Ghana.Mr Garner, 26, is studying nursing at De Montfort University in Leicester and as part of his course he is due to spend time working at a clinic in Accra, the capital of Ghana, next Easter.

IPSWICH nursing student David Garner today told of his journey home with a difference to help raise funds for a training trip to Ghana.

Mr Garner, 26, is studying nursing at De Montfort University in Leicester and as part of his course he is due to spend time working at a clinic in Accra, the capital of Ghana, next Easter.

He needs to raise about £2,000 to fund the trip, and £200 of that has come from a sponsored cycle ride from Leicester to the family home in Hatfield Road, in the Nacton Road area of Ipswich.

Mr Garner said: “I did the ride over two days, on Sunday and Monday. It was really wet on Sunday. I skidded, and damaged my back wheel which slowed me down a bit.

“I was really glad to get home on Monday night - I'm still pretty saddle-sore.”

The sponsored ride was one of a number of fund-raising schemes that are being organised for Mr Garner. On October 20 there will be an African-themed evening at Stutton Village Hall.

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Tickets cost £7.50 on the door or £5.00 in advance and can be bought from Andrew and Jenny Garner on 01473 424 585.

The bands that will be playing are Singing for Fun, Ipswich Drum Group, Jinsa, Song Birds, Colchester Drum Group and Drums Kool. Doors open at 7.30pm and there will be a bar provided by The Holbrook Swan.

Mr Garner decided to go to Ghana because he was keen to get experience in an English-speaking African country, but his university was keen he should go somewhere with a stable government.

He said: “I wanted to see another side of nursing as part of my course, and I am really looking forward to going to Accra but I do need to raise the money over the next few months.”

His trip is being organised by Teaching Projects Abroad, which arranges placements for British students in foreign countries.

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