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West Yorks dietitian to help in country hit by deadly typhoon

Lizzie Schofield

Lizzie Schofield

A kindhearted dietitian is gearing up for a trip to share her skills to help survivors of a devastating typhoon.

Lizzie Schofield is fundraising for her visit to the Philippines this summer.

Lizzie, from Ossett, will work with people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck in November last year and killed over 6,000 people in the country.

The public health dietitian said: “I knew that after the typhoon, food in The Philippines became expensive and nutritionally limited.

“Fruit and vegetables continue to be rare along with access to education around healthier eating.

“This means people are at risk of malnutrition, specific nutrient deficiencies, diabetes and high blood pressure. I feel passionate about utilising my knowledge and skills as a public health dietitian in the most rewarding way.”

Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded and is the deadliest Philippine typhoon ever.

Lizzie will join a trip organised by Kaya Responsible travel, which runs voluntary community and development schemes in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Its Asian office and many of its projects in Tacloban City in the Philippines were affected by the disaster.

The dietitian said the tough conditions she would face there had not put her off.

“My aim is to ultimately improve the health and well being of the brave, inspiring survivors of Typhoon Haiyan and the difficult, heartbreaking conditions of Tacloban City cannot deter me from achieving this,” she added.

Heilwig Jones, director of Kaya Responsible Travel, said: “Kaya will be supporting the residents of Tacloban through their recovery for many years to come.”

* Lizzie needs to raise £1,650 for her trip. Donate via www.fundmytravel.com and search for Lizzie Schofield.

 

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