Midwife is an angel in Africa

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A DARING pensioner has swapped retirement in Sunderland for working in poverty-stricken Africa.

Midwife Helen Coffield left her home in Whitburn to help people living in a remote part of Mozambique.

Thanks to friends in her home city, her work with charity Doctors for Life will be funded by an extra £2,700.

Pals of the dedicated 70-year-old mother-of-two raised the cash with a charity evening of music and fun at The Pullman in Seaburn.

It will now be used to fund a reed hut, where vital procedures can be carried out at the Zavora Clinic near Inhambane, in a nation where infant mortality is 100 in every 1,000 births.

Helen, who learnt Portuguese working in Brazil as a young midwife, decided to take her skills to the Portuguese-speaking African nation after she retired.

Friend Josie Armstrong, who helped organise the event, said: “Although the Government provides some funding, it isn’t enough and they are seeing more than 400 cases of malaria every month.”