#fundraiserfriday: Amy Packwood for AMECA

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This #fundraiserfriday, we spoke to student nurse Amy Packwood about her fundraising for AMECA and her upcoming experience working in a Malawi hospital.

AMECA

“I am fundraising for the charity AMECA, a small not-for-profit charity committed to delivering healthcare in Africa, set up in memory of Alex Markus. Alex was a junior doctor, a British Army officer and a qualified paratrooper who spent a great deal of his time working in Africa until he sadly died at the age of 23. His mother, Ruth Markus set up this charity as a tribute for him and has since then raised hundreds of thousands of pounds which AMECA has put towards training healthcare professionals, healthcare facilities and healthcare education in sub-Saharan African countries. The charity’s patron is Major Levison Wood, who was a close friend of Alex’s in the Armed Forces and who has recently been in the spotlight after filming a programme with channel 4 called Walking the Nile.”

AMECA’s work

“One of AMECA’s main objectives is to establish sufficient healthcare facilities in Africa and they have started this by building a hospital wing in a town in Malawi which was so desperately needed and now treats hundreds of people who may have otherwise died. Recently they have been responsible for 2 anaesthetic machines being provided to a hospital in the Blantyre District (which is where I will be heading next August) which means that patients requiring major operations can be safely operated on whilst they are under anaesthetic.”

Amy’s challenge

“Like many student nurses before me, I will be going to Malawi for 3 weeks next August where I shall spend time in a hospital working alongside doctors and other nurses as well as observing how much we really take for granted the wonderful health services we have in this county. Additionally, we will take part in amypa community project which will be building a health centre in a remote village many miles away from any immediate healthcare facilities, and finally trekking Mount Mulanje, the largest mountain in Malawi.”

Amy’s fundraising

Amy is aiming to raise £2,600 in total and has many events organised as a way to raise money, both by herself as an individual and as part of a group alongside the other nurses going in August. Amy’s main activity is doing a 10,000ft skydive in March next year and is also arranging cake and coffee mornings, which she points out is “a great opportunity to raise money, increase awareness of the charity and eat lots of cake!

What you can do

You can support Amy’s fundraising by donating to her Virgin Money Giving page.


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