A theatre nurse from Rishton has travelled to India to treat children and adults with cleft lips and palates.
Tracey Campbell joined a team of 40 doctors, surgeons and nurses from the Northern Cleft Foundation on the visit to Nagpur.
In the past few weeks she has helped perform more than 100 operations on young children and people who have had cleft lips and palates for more than 30 years.
Tracey, who also works on the sub-committee at Rishton United FC, has kept relatives and friends up to date with her progress on the club’s Facebook page.
In one of her posts she described the work as a ‘life changing experience’ and said it makes her proud to be a nurse.
She added: “The people here are so thankful and appreciative and it’s very heartwarming to be able to help their children. I’m loving every minute.”
Tracey, who is married to United secretary Dave Campbell, has now finished her work with the camp and will spend several days travelling before returning to the UK.
Rishton United helped raise funds for the Northern Cleft Foundation during a charity match last summer.
Simon O’Carroll, community liaison officer at the club, said everyone was ‘very proud’ of the work she has done.
He said: “All the people who go have given up their time and effort for free. She left just after New Year and it is the first time she has gone out there. She’s a lovely lady and is doing a fantastic job. During the summer we raised several hundred pounds during a charity football match for the foundation and this is what some of the proceeds have been for.
“I have twins and one was born with a cleft palate so I know what they are going through. She has loved being there and making a difference.
“The work she is doing has had a great response from the people of Rishton and we will be looking at putting more money towards the cause this year.”