A FORMER army medic has vowed to continue raising money for a war-torn country more than 12 months after completing her service.
Aly-Joy Haworth spent 12 months in poverty-stricken Sierra Leone working on a malnutrition ward at a struggling hospital.
Since returning home to Great Harwood, the 23-year-old has continued to raise awareness of the problems facing those in the country which has suffered from years of civil war.
Aly-Joy has been working as the landlady at The Tavern pub in Church Street, Great Harwood, but is currently training to be a UK civilian paramedic.
Her mum Stephanie Haworth, of James Street, Great Harwood, said: “People have been so generous, they are particularly good at the Tavern and we would like to thank them all for their support.
“Members of the public have been a fantastic help as have all the businesses which have donated prizes for various raffles and events.”
A disco and raffle party night at the Tavern raised £610 which will go towards the £5,000 needed to buy and kit-out an ambulance in Sierra Leone.
It will be named after Aly-Joy’s grandad Denis Dunn who died in September 2007. His name will be stencilled on the side of the vehicle.
DJ Tony Douglas who provided the music at the disco kindly donated his fee on the night to help boost the coffers.
The ambulance appeal fund now stands at £2,000 with numerous events in the pipeline for 2008. Various items signed by celebrities including football star David Dunn, Nobby Stiles and Dr Who memorabilia will be available as raffle prizes.