An inspirational young woman from Louth is raising money to help fund a remarkable community project in Honduras, Central America.
Hannah Speirs, 23, will be setting off in August to begin her massive project, which will see her live in a Honduran community for a whole year while she cares for children with profound and complex disabilities to improve their quality of life.
The project is run by the Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE), which sends volunteers to live and work in different communities and cultures to make a real difference to people’s lives.
Hannah is a qualified nurse, currently working at the Wolds Care Centre in Louth. She specialises in helping those with disabilities or mental health problems, as they are some of the most marginalised people in society.
Hannah said: “I had a friend at school who had learning disabilities, and I remember feeling it just wasn’t right. From a tiny age I have wanted to travel and to help people, but I just didn’t understand how.
“I decided that I wanted to become a nurse. I have now achieved that, and chose to specialise in helping those with disabilities.”
Hannah’s desire to help those with disabilities and learning difficulties was magnified after she was involved in a horrific road accident three years ago.
In July 2011, Hannah was knocked off her bicycle as she crossed a road in Norwich, where she was studying to be a nurse at the University of East Anglia.
She suffered a brain injury and was induced into a short coma, after which she had to relearn “everything”.
Remarkably, within seven weeks she was allowed home to continue her recovery, and - against all odds - she returned to university just a few months later to continue her studies.
More determined than ever, Hannah completed her nursing course and will now go on to help those in Honduras, often suffering from poverty, poor health care and education, and hopes to make a real difference.
Hannah’s project will cost around £5000 in total, half of which she will self-fund. She has already held fundraising events including wine tasting, massaging, and hitchhiking to London. She will host another wine tasting event in Louth later this month (date and time to be confirmed).
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Peregrine-Asha