Malawi trip raises £7,000

Scarborough Ladies Jackie Raw, left, and Jane Millar on their charity cycle ride in Malawi
Scarborough Ladies Jackie Raw, left, and Jane Millar on their charity cycle ride in Malawi

TWO Scarborough women have completed the trip of a lifetime to raise money for an African hospital.

Community midwife Jane Millar and podiatrist Jackie Raw cycled over 250 miles across Northern Malawi to support the David Gordon Memorial Hospital in Livingstonia.

Together they raised around £7,000, which will go towards the hospital’s maternity unit.

Mrs Raw, of Laughton Avenue, said: “It was absolutely amazing! It was very adventurous as there was a lot of off-road cycling.

“Our tour guide fell from his bike and broke his collarbone and three ribs and our doctor had to catch up with us later after getting on the wrong plane to Togo - but me and Jane managed to stay safe and sound!

“It was very exciting - people were running out to greet us from the villages and asking us where we were going.”

The trip was organised by the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society (EMMS) and there were 26 cyclists in the group.

Mrs Raw said: “We all encouraged each other on and because there were quite a few of us, we never felt unsafe.”

The cyclists made their way though various kinds of landscape, including tropical forests.

The weather stayed dry and was very hot, especially around midday.

Mrs Raw said they saw how people live hand to mouth and work hard to collect water and provide food for their families.

She added that when the cycle came to an end at the hospital in Livingstonia, they were greeted by people singing and dancing which was very moving.

Mrs Raw said: “The trip was everything we thought it would be and more, emotionally and physically.

“We had talked about this being a one-off, but now I think we would both definitely like to do something like this again.

“Our target was to raise £2,500 each and we were overwhelmed to jointly raise nearer to £7,000.”

The pair, who both work at Scarborough Hospital, thanked everyone who has supported them for their kindness and generosity.

The money raised by Jane and Jackie will go towards things such as refurbishment, improving the water supply and installing solar power, as well as training healthcare workers. EMMS International provides health and education in Malawi, India and Nepal.