Willaston teenager to travel to Tanzania on work experience

A local teenager is heading to Africa on work experience. Rhiannon Owen, aged 16 from Willaston, is currently raising funds for a two weeks and five days work experience placement to Tanzania, East Africa in August 2014.

She will shadow doctors in paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology. The opportunity was setup by Gap Medics who organise placements for aspiring students in medicine, nursing, midwifery and dentistry.

She heard about Gap Medics whilst studying at Malbank School in Nantwich where she recently completed eleven GCSEs. She starts studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, French and English Literature at Sir John Deane’s College in Northwich from September and then plans to study medicine at University.

Rhiannon said:
“My mother is a nurse at Macclesfield District General Hospital and I would like to follow her lead and pursue a medical career. It will be my first visit to Africa and I am eager to experience first-hand clinical medicine and surgery.”

Carol Owen, mother, said:
“She’s had her heart set on studying medicine since she was very young. Hopefully the placement in Tanzania will be one step nearer to a career in medicine.”

The Nantwich and Acton Grammar School Foundation (NAGS Foundation) charitable trust have generously paid for her flights to Tanzania.
Rhiannon has also raised money herself towards the £3,000 total cost of the placement via activities such as a tombola and bric-a-brac stall at the recent Willaston Village Fete.

If you would like to make a donation towards her placement please visit: www.gofundme.com/7ffy4k

Story & Photograph by Jonathan White

Rhiannon Owen

Rhiannon Owen, aged 16 from Willaston