A DENTAL nurse is preparing for an aid trip to Africa to help ease the suffering of hundreds living in poverty.
Danielle Brown, 22, from Washington, will be travelling to Uganda with Dentaid, an oral health charity, to give treatment to those in need.
For Danielle, who is a practice manager with Oasis dental clinic in North Shields, this summer will be the second time she has taken part in the aid trip to provide free clinics.
She said: “The first trip was an amazing experience, but it was so heart-wrenching to see people in so much pain and suffering.
“People would be queuing up for hours just to be out of pain. When people got word about the clinic, they would walk for miles to see us.
“These people are in so much pain they are often at the point of trying to pull their own teeth out.”
Danielle said the people they treat are so grateful for the help of the dental team.
The team sees some horrific sights of decay, often caused by a diet of sugar cane and failure to clean their teeth properly.
While there, the team will be carrying out education work about oral hygiene and its importance.
Danielle, a former Biddick School pupil, said she was thrilled that youngsters at the Washington school wanted to raise money to donate to Dentaid.
The students organised and staged two rock concerts and raised almost £1,100.
Danielle said: “The students worked really hard to put these concerts on and raised a fantastic amount of money.”
Anyone who would like more information about Dentaid, which works throughout the world, or would like to make a donation, should visit the website at www.dentaid.org.