Helen Pidgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital A&E nurse, gets ready to run for Street Child in Sierra Leone
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As a nurse at the county's busiest accident and emergency department, 32-year-old Helen Pidgeon is no stranger to helping those in need.
But now the Mulbarton mum-of-one is preparing to go more than just a step beyond to help some of the most vulnerable street children in the world.
Mrs Pidgeon plans to travel to Sierra Leone to work with the charity Street Child, and also take part in the annual Sierra Leone Marathon to help raise funds for the group.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital nurse said she was looking forward to the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Mrs Pidgeon said: 'On this trip I'm going to be alongside the street children working on rubbish dumps and visiting schools the charity has built.
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'I will be offering my skills as a sister when the need arises, and hope to put my experience to good use in offering medical assistance and health promotion advice.
'The charity works directly with street children in their own environment towards reunification with their families, reintroduction to education and the creation of a sustainable home-life for their ongoing upbringing.
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'This is a cause that I feel is so important to highlight and I think it will be a hugely rewarding experience.'
Mrs Pidgeon said the marathon was Street Child's biggest fundraiser, and something she had always wanted to do.
She said: 'The Sierra Leone Marathon is unique in that all participants are running for the same cause which lends a sense of camaraderie.
'Completing a marathon is one of those bucket-list things I've always wanted to do and I can't think of a better way to challenge myself than running in extreme heat and humidity, thousands of miles from home.'
Mrs Pidgeon said she had run two half-marathons before, but this would be her first attempt at a full 26.2-mile course.
She said the trip appealed to her wish to help others, as well as her adventurous spirit.
Mrs Pidgeon's trip will run from May 25 to May 30. She is aiming to raise £1,500 for Street Child, which will help the charity provide basic amenities such as toilets and clean drinking water for schools.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helen-pidgeon