One of Britain’s top veterinary hospitals has teamed up with a UK charity to send much-needed medical aid to Africa.
Dick White Referrals (DWR), based near Cambridge, is working with Leicester-based charity Inter Care, which supports health clinics in countries such as Ghana, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Zambia.
Linnaeus-owned DWR has donated a range of surgical clothing to Inter Care which will now be loaded onto a 20-foot container full of medical supplies and shipped to Africa.
The project has been spearheaded by veterinary nurses Harriet Bolton and Bianca Garner.
Harriet said: “It all came about because we were about to dispose of some surgical wear, including scrub tops and trousers.
“We thought it a waste to throw them away so got in touch with InterCare via email and they were very quick to come back to us.
“They said they frequently ship containers full of medical supplied to Africa and one was being sent this summer so we quickly sent them our supplies to be included in the next shipment.”
Bianca added: “We initially looked at this as just a one-off donation but now we’ve learned all about Inter Care we’ll be looking into sending more things in the future.
“I think it’s a great idea and a great cause because the charity supports more than 100 health units in some of the poorest parts of Africa, sending much-needed medical supplies and aid to rural clinics.”
Inter Care were quick to show their gratitude in an email to DWR thanking them for their contribution.
It read: “We were very grateful to receive the scrubs tops and trousers, all of which will be extremely useful to our partner health units in Africa and have been allocated to the container of medical supplies we are currently preparing to send to Northern Malawi.”
Dick White Referrals is one of the largest specialist veterinary centres in Europe, offering outstanding levels of clinical care in state-of-the-art facilities.
DWR provides expert services in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, diagnostic pathology, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, interventional radiology, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, physiotherapy and soft tissue surgery.
For more information, visit www.dickwhitereferrals.com or search for Dick White Referrals on social media.
For more information on Inter Care, visit www.intercare.org.uk.