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Sue Brook, a Pharmaceutical Physician at Cancer Research UK, and ex-FPM Trainees Committee member, made the long journey to Jordan last November, after raising an amazing £4,000 for refugees residing there.

Sue Brook, a Pharmaceutical Physician at Cancer Research UK, and ex-FPM Trainees Committee member, made the long journey to Jordan last November, after raising an amazing £4,000 for refugees residing there.

Sue was part our volunteer fundraising team and helped distribute essential aid in the form of food parcels, and winter clothes .

“I wanted to volunteer abroad, as I wanted to meet and talk first hand to refugees, rather than being another anonymous donor on a website giving to a charity.

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I wanted to be part of the actual reality of providing assistance, so as to understand the logistical and planning difficulties organisations face on the ground, when co-ordinating with each other. I wanted to help face to face with aid distribution. And I wanted to specifically travel to the Middle East as I wanted to experience the culture, which fascinates me. I have been learning Arabic with an online tutor and taught myself to read the script years ago.

As a doctor with no overseas experience, nor being a specialist in trauma / emergency / General Practice, I decided that I was happy to help in any non-medical capacity. Also, I could only spare 7-10 days and volunteering as a medic often requires at least a 6 month commitment.

After a lot of Googling, I came across the Jordan deployments with HRF.

Jordan deployment Human Relief Foundation  

I chose HRF because, after talking to the London Office and looking into the charity a bit more, I admired the charities finances and principles, I was happy that HRF was responsible, transparent and open. I was very comfortable with its values and methods of operating.

I have continuously supported HRF since going on deployment and I would happily go again.

All activities were conducted with respect for the refugees, and it was clear that their dignity and welfare came first, and the staff were very knowledgeable and professional. The group reflections in the evening were really worthwhile, and much-needed. I felt comfortable approaching staff with any worries or if I wanted to talk through anything.

I was also extremely impressed with the organised way HRF interacts on the ground with local NGOs.

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The week was incredible, at times hilarious, and often heart-breaking.”

As part of the deployment Sue visited The Hope Centre, a rehabilitation facility in Zaatari Refugee Camp for children who have escaped the war. The centre provides physiotherapy, hearing, speech and psychological support.

“We met a young boy who had cerebral palsy who was walking with the help of a walking aid. We learned that six months before, he was unable to walk at all, so seeing him so mobile must have been incredibly rewarding for the team at the Centre. Of course one hears about the situation in Syria in the media, but to actually meet and talk to families who have fled the war and hear their stories and hopes was indescribable. I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone; it is one you'll never forget.”

To find out more about volunteering with Human Relief Foundation, take a look at our volunteering page: www.hrf.org.uk/volunteering-opportunities/

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