At 20 years old I wanted to do something ‘more’ with my life. I wrote off to the ‘Voluntary Services Overseas’; but being a woman they weren’t interested unless I was a nurse or a teacher. I later joined the Ambulance Service, and many years on that experience has given me a special interest in Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The want to do something “more” with my life, lingered.
Now, through my work as the Stress Medic, I am able to support a wonderful charity – Healing Hands Network, and have been working with their UK Forces Project. The charity is dedicated to the relief of suffering caused by war and its aftermath, and so are familiar with PTSD. Outside of the UK, one area greatly affected is Sarajevo. Healing Hands Network have been sending alternative therapy volunteers to Bosnia since 1997.
Sarajevo: my choice to help relieve suffering
So, in May, I have chosen to go to Sarajevo for two weeks to volunteer. It is a bit of a last minute decision; but I’m finally going to do voluntary service overseas! Those who donate their time must raise the funds necessary for their airfare and lodging, and towards interpreters wages; in my case £800.
This may be a calling I have felt for a long time, but now I am giving my time and making it happen. If it resonates with you, and you feel inspired and able to support me in some way, I would be grateful for any donation towards this cost.