Indian hospital trip for Suffolk teens

TWO Suffolk teenagers are today beginning a volunteering experience in an Indian hospital.

TWO Suffolk teenagers are today beginning a volunteering experience in an Indian hospital.

Georgina Wilson and Danielle Whiting, both 17, are St John Ambulance first aid cadets and flew to India yesterday for two working weeks in Madurai.

Miss Wilson, from Barham, and Miss Whiting, from Ipswich, both want medical careers and have raised £5,000 for their trip.

Miss Wilson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and both Danielle and I feel really excited about the experience we're going to be having in India.

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“I first heard about the hospital via some volunteer work I do and we applied for some financial help from the Youth Opportunity Fund and are now going to be shadowing a doctor at the Vadamalayan Hospital in Madurai.

“St John Ambulance Suffolk has been a great organisation to be involved in and it has certainly helped assure me that I want to go into a medical career.

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“Having this opportunity in India will be great to help us gain even more insight into the profession.”

The enthusiasm of the teenagers has been applauded by Tony Curd, county commander for St John Ambulance Suffolk.

He said: “We're all very proud that these two girls will be sharing their St John Ambulance skills in another country.

“They will be great ambassadors for the thriving youth element of the organisation and we all wish them well with their very special opportunity.”

Are you involved in volunteer work abroad? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail

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