Nurse Karen is Africa bound

Karen Parnell receives a cheque from John Fox (left) and Mel Joyce of the CMB Bowls Club
Karen Parnell receives a cheque from John Fox (left) and Mel Joyce of the CMB Bowls Club

NURSE Karen Parnell is off to Africa next month to help provide health care in a remote part of Kenya.

Karen is flying to the West African state as part of a trip planned by Medical Outreach Camps International on November 14.

She will spend 14 days in the northern half of the country providing care to a rural community that is largely without medical provision of any kind.

Karen, who works at Trinity Surgery in Wisbech, explained she signed up for the trip after hearing all about a similar project last year undertaken by a former colleague.

“It seemed like too good an opportunity to miss. I’m in my mid forties and if I don’t do something like this now, I probably never will. I’m excited but also a bit nervous, although it is easier because I’m going out with friends,” said Karen, a divorced mother of two sons.

She has had to raise £1,800 to fund her trip and she has been overwhelmed by the support of local organisations and businesses, which have helped her reach that target.

She is especially grateful to her parents Kath and Andy McEwan, who with the CMB Bowls Club have raised £500 for Karen.

“The bowls club have been fantastic, they have raised £500 with some co-ordination of my parents,” said Karen, who was presented with a cheque by Mel Joyce and John Fox of the CMB Bowls Club.