Student doctor helps Kenyan orphans

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A Derry medical student has secured more than £10, 000 for charity Kenyan Orphans Project (KOP) ahead of his charity mission there.

Not content with that feat, Simon Deery, also climbed the three Yorkshire peaks in a mere 12 hours on Good Friday for the charity. Twenty two year old Mr. Deery will lead a team of 36 other students as they help build medical and educational projects in the Nyanza Province this summer.

Simon, originally from Lowry’s Lane, is currently a fourth year medical student at Nottingham University, the money is being raised to transform a former hotel into an orphanage, medical facility and a school.

Simon told the Journal: “I have been involved in fundraising events for KOP since I started medical school. We have done everything from car washes and cocktail parties to book and bake sales.”

The former Lumen Christi pupils said: “I really enjoyed it even though I haven’t done any hill walking since my Duke of Edinburgh days at school. I’m still collecting donations but I think we raised over £300 already which is great.”

Having agreed to organise what he admits is a “logistical nightmare” Simon said, he agreed to help KOP as: “This summer will be my last at medical school so I wanted to do something really worthwhile.

“We will be heading out to Africa on July 18th and will be spending two weeks working on the projects where we are needed.

“Before we go out to Africa all the students involved will complete an online Global Child Health course and need to raise £800 for the charity.”

All of this money goes towards the project, said Simon; “All of the money raised by KOP Nottingham will go directly towards funding a feeding programme at Kunya Primary School.

“It is great we secured the £10,000 from the University of Nottingham Alumni Grant.

“We have also be given small amounts of sponsorship from the Medical Defence Union (MDU) and other small businesses. This money will make a massive difference to projects we support, but so much more can still be done.”

Simon is clearly a dedicated student. In fact he has enrolled at Manchester University MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law starting September.

“I wanted to do something a little different and I find it really interesting but I have to get the summer over me first.”

Simon has even enlisted the help of his family back home, mum Eileen and granny Christine Deery are also helping organise a charity dance. in the the Delacroix, Buncrana Road on Friday, 13th May.

Entertainment will be provided by ‘The Hitmen’ and tickets are £5, directly available from the Delacroix.

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