Selfless university student volunteers to help out in Africa

Brydie Smith at her Ghana-themed coffee morning, which she held to help raise much-needed funds for her trip to Africa in the summer.
Brydie Smith at her Ghana-themed coffee morning, which she held to help raise much-needed funds for her trip to Africa in the summer.

A teenager who is gearing up for a summer expedition to Africa to offer aid to sick people has thanked her local community for helping her raise much-needed funds for the trip.

Brydie Smith, from Red Row, will be volunteering in medicine in Ghana for more than a month. Her selfless overseas mission will run from May 31 to July 4.

The 19-year-old, who is a biomedical science student at Northumbria University, said: “I have been looking at what health systems were like in other countries and Ghana stood out to me as having a bad one, so I want to go over there and learn more about it and help.

“My main work will be based in hospitals, shadowing doctors and carrying out tasks like dressing wounds and taking blood pressures. I will also be visiting orphanages and schools. I am excited about the trip, but I am also feeling nervous.”

To fund the expedition, Brydie had to raise just more than £2,700. She held a race night and a disco at Red Row Brick Club, as well as a coffee morning in her house, to collect the funds. Friends, family and the public have rallied to the cause, helping her reach her target.

She said: “I want to thank everyone who has supported me. I would not have been able to do it without them. I am overwhelmed by people’s generosity.”

Brydie is now looking for anyone who can donate medical supplies, stationery or school books for the trip. Anyone who can help, email brydies4@googlemail.com