A FAMILY are looking forward to welcoming back an army nurse who has spent the last three months helping to tackle the threat of the Ebola virus in Africa.
Corporal Robin Ellis, 24, from Grangetown, flew out to Sierra Leone in West Africa in October, after volunteering to help deal with the crisis.
Now, her loved ones are counting down the hours until she returns to the UK next Wednesday, and they can see her once she has been quarantined.
Mum Angy said: “She is an army nurse, but she didn’t have to go.
“Volunteering shows what a great girl she is.
“I’ve been terribly worried, but she’s been keeping in touch through What’s App and some messages about what she’s been doing.
“She says they’re keeping safe and being vigilant and how they don’t get complacent.
“We’ve also been sending some letters. She’s talked about people she’s met. I’ve told her to keep safe and given her our best.
“It’s part of being in the Army. It’s a great career.
“We’re looking forward to her coming back.”
Angy, who works as a photographer, has been keeping a close eye on news of how the crisis has developed, and watched a channel dedicated to the forces to monitor incidents close to where Robin is staying.
Cases of the virus in the country, along with Liberia and Guinea, have reached more than 20,000 people and killed more than 7,800.
Former Southmoor School pupil Robin is a member of the Queen Alexandra’s Army Nursing Corp and trained for three years in Birmingham.
She signed up to take part in the Sierra Leone operation after her fiancée, Jack Robinson, 24, who is from Birmingham, was posted out there.