Becky Fleming goes to Ethiopia to Save the Children
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An Ayrshire woman is the only Scottish volunteer of a national charity, flying out this weekend to East Africa.  Becky Fleming, of Maybole, is flying out this Saturday, October 29 to Ethiopia with five other UK Save the Children volunteers.  Before she left Becky launched an appeal for hats to help keep newborn babies, who have no special care facilities, survive by being cradled, naked but for the hats, next to their mother’s bodies. She now has more than 200 to take with her.  Becky said:" I am absolutely thrilled by the response and just wanted to say thank you to knitters for their kindness and hard-work.


“I have had to ask British Airways and Ethiopian Airlines to increase my baggage allowance to take the hats and they’ve doubled it- which is great!.”


Becky, who is chair of the Maybole Save the Children Branch added that she would be flying through the night to Addis Ababa with the charity’s team and then taking a 10 hour road trip to the mountains of Amahra region to see water, sanitation , hygiene, health worker and maternity training projects run by the charity. The team then return to the capital to see similar projects in an urban setting.


Becky , who has four children of her own and works as an architect in Ayr said: “ I am so excited to be going. We have had two days preparation so that we can hit the ground running.”


The preparation included lots of information about the projects, numerous injections and help to acclimatize with the altitude as high as 8,000 feet in parts, which can cause sickness. She has even been listening to Ethiopian music to tune her ear in. The volunteers have also been instructed on blogs and tweeting to keep a digital media record of the trip.


On her return eight days later she is preparing to give talks to local groups and interested parties across Scotland to spread the word about the charity’s work – which also includes helping children in Scotland.


The appeal for knitted teddies for Save the Children is still ongoing however, to raise funds locally. Anyone interested in knitting one can email Maybole STCF press officer Liza Donaldson :