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Voluntary work in India was rewarding, but made me thankful for our NHS

Ann Russell returned from a trip doing voluntary nursing in India full of praise for the NHS, but grateful for her rewarding experience at a school and hospice in Kolkata

Ann Russell returned from a trip doing voluntary nursing in India full of praise for the NHS, but grateful for her rewarding experience at a school and hospice in Kolkata

In January I travelled to Kolkata in India for a two-week trip doing voluntary work in a men’s hospice and a school.

As a semi-retired nurse – my background is in oncology and I now work as a bank nurse – I wanted to use my skills to help those in need, and also to see a different part of the world.

The hospice was very different from a UK hospice. Most of the men had been rescued from the streets, where they had been left to die – one man had been thrown on a rubbish heap by his family

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