A theatre nurse will travel to India to treat children and adults with cleft lip and palate deformities.
Tracey Campbell, 48, will join a team of nearly 40 doctors and surgeons from the Northern Cleft Foundation for a two-week visit to Nagpur.
The Royal Blackburn Hospital worker has joined the charity which aims to carry out more than 140 operations in 10 days.
The mum-of-three, from Rishton, said the visit will be ‘life-changing and life-saving’ for many young children.
She said: “Cleft lips and palates are more prevalent over there, possibly because of genetics and malnourishment.
“It’s not as obvious here but that is because children are operated on in the first six months.
“Some of the babies over there can’t suckle and feed so they get terribly malnourished and, I would imagine, don’t survive very long.
“It is a life-changing thing for them. It’s nice to be able to do something like that and it’s such a wonderful feeling to give something back.”
The foundation was set up by retired consultant anaesthetist Dr George Teturswamy in 2001 and has so far helped more than 700 people.
Mrs Campbell, who is also a social events organiser for Rishton United FC, is taking part for the second year running.
She said: “We operated on over 140 people last year and looking to do at least that again this time if we can.
“There’s always been staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital that have supported it. I absolutely loved the experience last year and wanted to do it again.
“The Rotary in Nagpur source the patients for us and have been advertising in clinics and going to remote villages so they are ready when we arrive.
“Over there they normally have to pay for the operations but they are generally very poor people who survive on bags of rice and not much else.”