THREE mothers on a mission to change lives will be jetting off to Bulgaria next month to bring vital healthcare to some of the country’s poorest people.
Christina Ross (42), Cathey Reece (41) and Louise Harrison (43), from Alness, have already been credited with saving lives in Orazari with their donations of food and clothing and now they are heading back to check on their most recent project, a medical surgery.
Thanks to an anonymous donation of around £10,000 from a generous well-wisher, they have been able to help open a medical practice.
Some people in the community had not received professional medical attention in years and were in desperate need of help.
"In the first day the surgery was open 26 people came through the door and the doctor picked up on lots of serious conditions," Mrs Reece said.
"Some people had not had access to healthcare in 14 years. They now run surgeries every fortnight and there has been three so far."
The nearest doctor’s surgery was a 30-minute bus journey away and it was not free at the point of use.
The group are paying the travel costs to allow volunteer GPs and nurses to travel from nearby cities to the small village. It is going to cost around £3500 a year to run and this will include some vaccinations and medication.
Mrs Reece revealed that there is a hepatitis outbreak almost every year in the area and although children and the elderly often qualify for vaccinations, the poorest in society do not have that opportunity.
Thanks to the donation from an individual in Alness they have been able to guarantee the sustainability of the project.
A Ross-shire pharmacy has also been helping the project in the efforts to make their money go as far as possible.
Alness Pharmacy has been selling medication to the charity cheaply and advising on the legalities of shipping drugs.