A nurse from Manchester took has spent her holiday visiting a health clinic in Uganda which is on the frontline of the battle against Aids.
During her trip, psychiatric nurse Alison Knowles visited a health clinic where she swapped experiences with staff on duty.
“As a nurse myself, it was really good to see how the clinic ran and the services it provided. There was even a woman in labour - naturally we didn’t stay too long!
“This really was one of the most memorable days of my life. I had expected to be emotional, maybe to shed a few tears. But I felt so happy to meet them all.”
Ms Knowles, who works for Central Manchester Foundation Trust said “I was aware that children’s charity Plan UK supported communities but I hadn’t realised that it was also supporting valuable research into diseases like HIV and Aids.”
Ms Knowles also visited Emmanuel, the 13-year-old boy she sponsors through the charity. She said “I can’t describe how brilliant it was to meet Emmanuel for the first time, it was quite overwhelming and I don’t think I stopped smiling for several hours!”
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