Teenager determined to help sick kids

A TEENAGE Suffolk student today told of her determination to return to Romania this spring to help children with HIV.

A TEENAGE Suffolk student today told of her determination to return to Romania this spring to help children with HIV.

Lucy Wallace visited the country at Christmas after hearing a charity presentation by the Love Light Trust about the children's plight.

The 18-year-old Otley College animal studies student helped the 12 residents of a home in Medias to enjoy the festive period, while also caring for the youngsters.

She said: “It was an amazing experience and I have decided to become a full-time volunteer when my studies allow.

“I am going back to Medias in Romania in May and hope to spend some of my summer there as well.

“The thing that struck me most about the charity is that it is actually a very positive, upbeat and happy place and it is very rewarding seeing the children having fun and enjoying their lives.”

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Miss Wallace was impressed by the beauty of the region and she said one of the highlights was seeing a wild wolf.

She has previously taught English in China and hopes to get involved in humanitarian work in her career.

In the meantime she hopes to read biology at university while continuing to volunteer for the Love Light Trust.

She is also planning a sponsored hike through the Transylvanian mountains in Romania to raise money for the charity in May.

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