HELEN Ormrod is the daughter of Rev Jon Ormrod, Vicar of Sully, Wenvoe and St Lythans and she is preparing to go aboard ‘The Africa Mercy’ off the coast of Guinea in August, as a volunteer Paediatric Nurse. 

Currently, Ms Ormrod is working in the Paediatric Accident and Emergency Department at The Royal London Hospital but she really wanted to volunteer for the Mercy Ships and was delighted when her application was successful. 

All volunteers need to raise their own funds to cover their transportation and accommodation/food etc. on the ship, so Ms Ormrod is now fundraising to ensure that she can realise her dream.

‘Mercy Ships’ is a faith-based international development organisation that deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to people in desperate need.  But why a ship? More than 50 per cent of the world’s population lives within 100 miles of the coast.

Put simply, a ship is the best way to deliver a state-of-the-art hospital to places where clean water, electricity and skilled medical workers are non-existent.

The congregations of Sully, Wenvoe and St Lythans are helping to fundraise with various events and activities, one of which is a booksale on Saturday (July 7) at The Old School, Sully from 10am to 1pm.

Come along, have a browse, enjoy some cake and coffee and maybe make a bid in the silent auction for a limited edition print donated by local artist Nick Rees.

If you would like more information or wish to support Helen then do contact Jon on 02920 595347 or at revjonormrod@yahoo.co.uk or visit Helen’s GoFundMe page: uk.gofundme.com/helen039s-mercy-ship-volunteering