Nurse’s mercy mission to Peru

Nurse Matthew Hicks being presented with a cheque by Nidderdale High Headteacher Ian Simpson (S)

Nurse Matthew Hicks being presented with a cheque by Nidderdale High Headteacher Ian Simpson (S)

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A Nidderdale man is about to embark on a month long adventure to take medical treatment to some of the most remote parts of the world.

Matthew Hick went to Nidderdale High School, and is now a children’s nurse at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

On May 16 he will swap his normal workplace for the banks of the Amazon as he and nine colleagues jet off to Peru to spend a month manning a hospital boat on the river.

But before then Matthew, who left Nidderdale High and whose mother Andrea lives in Wilsill and works at the school, is on a fundraising drive for the organisation the Vine Trust.

On Saturday, May 11, he will host a cake sale and competition at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. The event starts with competitors delivering their best baked treats between 10am and noon. Judging will take place noon-1pm, and doors open to the public from 1pm. The hall will then stay open until 4pm with live music and a charity raffle.

Matthew has already raised more than £600 with non uniform days and cake sales at his old school.

He said: “Nidderdale High have been fantastic and really keen to support me once they found out I was a former stuent.”

Although he has travelled in Nepal and Australia before Matthew has never used his nursing skills to help people overseas.

His team will be treating between 300 and 500 patients a day and the boat is equipped for dentistry, operations, a children’s section and an adults clinic.

To support Matthew online go to www.vinetrust.org/support/Bmckay.