Africa trip for teens with medical dream

Almost there: Uneesa Mahmood and Sarah Pearson need another �300 for their trip
Almost there: Uneesa Mahmood and Sarah Pearson need another �300 for their trip

FOR most teenagers, the summer holidays mean lazy days in the sunshine.

But two Halifax teenagers will be spending a month working hard in the searing heat of central Africa.

Uneesa Mahmood, 16, from Halifax, and Sarah Pearson, 17, from Warley, are volunteering in hospitals in Malawi throughout August.

“We both wanted to do something charitable and wanted experience of what it was like practising medicine in other countries,” said Uneesa.

“We will be working in a hospital, an AIDS clinic and a field-dressing clinic.”

The former Crossley Heath pupils, who both attend Greenhead College, Huddersfield, are planning a career in medicine once they have left school.

Sarah said: “I’m really excited and just want to help people. But because medicine is so competitive we needed to do something different.

“In another country we will see so many different illnesses and techniques.”

The girls need to raise £1,000 for the trip and have been working hard to get the money.

“We’ve been planning this trip for about one and a half years,” said Uneesa.

“We’ve had cake stalls, jewellery stalls, car-boot sales and bag packing in Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s.”

Sarah said: “We’ve had our final car-boot sale and have about £300 left to raise.”

The trip will be extra special for Uneesa as it will coincide with her 17th birthday.

She said: “I don’t think I will have ever had a birthday like it. I will try to celebrate but I don’t know if there’ll be much chance.”