Weston based health centre inspires Anglo-African charity

PUBLISHED: 15:59 07 June 2011

(click on image for larger view) Edith Focho, new aid charity for people in Cameroon,  sunnyside road, Weston.

(click on image for larger view) Edith Focho, new aid charity for people in Cameroon, sunnyside road, Weston.

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INSPIRATION from a Weston-based health centre is set to make its mark in West Africa.

Edith Focho, originally from Cameroon, wants to help support her native people by setting up a health centre to provide better healthcare for people with her charity, Edith’s Dream.

Originally, the idea for the facility stemmed from the Bournville’s Healthy Living Centre based on Lonsdale Avenue.

The charity needs to raise £5,000 to build the centre in Cameroon, and Edith hopes to have it fully functioning by the end of the year.

Edith’s charity is split into two, with one half based in Weston and the other in Mbengwi, Cameroon.

The British half, Edith’s Dream collects money and donations which are then gathered and sent to the African counterpart, named the Grace Foundation Trust to fund the building of the facility.

So far, the charity has raised £400 from its beginnings last March.

Edith, aged 47, set up the charity a year ago after travelling back from visiting her native country.

She said: “I set the charity up in mind to help with the health service for the poor in Cameroon.

“I came from a very poor background and a poor environment and I had this dream to help back where I came from.”

Edith, moved to Weston in 2003 as a nurse.

She wanted to improve her living standards for her and her husband and five children.

Edith said: “I set up the charity in Weston to help support my charity which already existed out in Cameroon.”

“I want to do it because I have a heart to help the poor and the neady.”

The charity aims to provide support, resources and finances to provide affordable healthcare and education to meet the basic needs of people living in Mbengwi and 28 other surrounding villages.

Edith is appealing for any unwanted goods to be passed onto the charity.

These include electronic items like televisions, white goods such as washing machines or refrigerators and small kitchen items, toys and educational material for children.

For more information log onto www.edithsdream.org

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