Volunteer nurse from Fareham travelling to remote clinics in Nepal

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A LOCAL paediatric nursing student is travelling to Nepal in January to volunteer at Remote Health Clinics.

As part of her degree, Charlotte Gutteridge, 27, of Stubbington Lane, Fareham, is required to spend time on a work placement. While most of her friends are staying in the UK, Charlotte wanted to do something different.

She is now working hard to raise the funds for her program fees, as well as raising donations for resources that won’t be readily available at the clinics.

Volunteers working at village health clinics will assist local health staff in performing day to day tasks such as dressing wounds, administering vaccinations, drawing blood, collecting medicines and generally helping in whatever capacity they are required.

Charlotte said: ‘I’ve never done anything like this before and it is completely out of my comfort zone. I have a lot to do in the lead-up to the trip but nothing will truly prepare me for what I will experience when I get there.’

While living abroad, Charlotte will be staying with local families where she will get the chance to experience the Nepal culture.

The living conditions will be basic, but Charlotte is looking forward to starting a blog to document her trip, which she will update whenever she can access the internet.