Loray swaps midwifery for reading tales

Midwife Loray will be jetting off to Malawi to tell stories

MIDWIFE Loray Brown will soon be swapping the surroundings of a hospital for one of the world’s poorest countries as she begins a life-changing charity quest.

Loray, who works in the Midwifery Led Unit at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust, will be going on an inspirational two-week mission to the African nation of Malawi in March. She will become a volunteer storyteller for The Book Bus Foundation.

The country has an average literacy rate of just 63 per cent. Classes sometimes number 100 pupils and books are lacking in schools which have an average of less than one per student.

The Book Bus aims to share with thousands of children around the world the pleasure and value that books can bring, and to plant the seeds of a life-long love of reading.

Mother-of-four Loray plans to read and provide literacy and numeracy tuition to children and young adults in orphanages, schools and hospitals. She also plans to work with local communities to set up reading corners and bookshelves stocked with children’s books, as well as to help to build a permanent school library.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to the trip and am very excited. I have never taken part in anything like this before, so this will be a big adventure for me. I just hope I can make a difference.”

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Scott Johnston, Head of Midwifery at the Trust, said: “This is a fantastic venture by Loray to make a real difference not only to the lives of these children now but to give them an important lifelong skill.”

Loray wants to raise donations and sponsorship. She is selling raffle tickets offering a grand prize draw with prizes such as a European holiday, and more, up for grabs. The draw will take place on February 5 at a charity dinner event in London. Money raised will go directly to help children and adults who are desperate for knowledge and to read. Sponsorship and donations will also be gratefully received after this date.

If you want to donate, contacted her at loray.brown@newhamhealth.nhs.uk