University of Southampton Student, Caroline Edmunds has helped build a brand new medical centre in Ghana.

The 40-year-old mother of three, made the trip after being judged the winner of the Community Award which came with a prize of a travel scholarship worth £1,500.

“I wanted to raise funds and actually see them in action, to show something for the hard earned money people donated and to experience the genuine gratitude and definite difference our work had on a whole community, this was the best thing about the trip.”

Caroline was one of 22 nursing and midwifery students shortlisted for five scholarship awards run by the nursing charity Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

The unique nursing charity specializes in helping former and current nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in financial hardship.

“I am on a full bursary and have three children, one of which I am also supporting through university [the trip] was impossible until I won the Community Award at The Cavell Nurses Trust competition.”

After the trip Caroline was inspired by the resilience of the people she encountered and gained a better understanding of the importance of clinical governance, team work and a good work ethic.

“I’ll definitely carry these values with me throughout my nursing career.  I plan to return to Ghana one day, to the Bomfa community, as a qualified nurse to help out and further my nursing skills and clinical judgement through the face of adversity was completely inspiring.”

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