A children’s nurse has put on hold her plans for a family so she can help out at a Ugandan orphanage.
Ruth Islip works at Manchester Children’s Hospital and has always wanted to either visit or work at an orphanage.
However, she only decided to turn her dream into reality after experiencing the tragic loss of two pregnancies.
Ruth, who lives in Horwich with her husband Danny and daughter Libby, suffered a miscarriage last year and vowed to turn her pain into something positive if it happened a second time.
Sadly, Ruth lost her second baby soon afterwards and, true to her word, put her energy into planning a volunteer trip to the Watoto project in Uganda, which helps orphaned youngsters to rebuild their lives.
The 28-year-old said: “Following the loss of my two babies, I feel very privileged to have a chance like this. I hope it will inspire others that feel they have no control over life’s traumas, so that they can use their pain to help others less fortunate.”
In order to fund her trip to Uganda, Ruth intends to complete a sponsored swim at Horwich Leisure Centre on Sunday, January 23 in the hope of raising more than £1,800.
She hopes to swim a distance of 200 lengths, or 5km, which is the equivalent of the distance a Ugandan child could walk to obtain clean water to drink.
Ruth, who heard about Watoto through her local church, the Kings Church in Bolton, hopes to travel to Uganda in April as part of a team of volunteers.
She added: “As a children’s nurse I hope to visit the medical section of the orphanage which deals with premature babies, and help in any way I can.”
To sponsor her brave attempt, visit her Just Giving page.