Brave NHS nurse takes unpaid leave to help Ukrainians in Poland refugee camp

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A BRAVE nurse is taking unpaid leave from the NHS to travel to a refugee camp in Poland to care for terrified Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country.

Grandmother Wendy Warrington, 55, and two medical students will act as first responders for those needing medical attention.

Wendy, who speaks Polish, said she felt 'powerless' back home in Bury, Gtr Manchester

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Wendy, who speaks Polish, said she felt ‘powerless’ back home in Bury, Gtr ManchesterCredit: Twitter/Wendy Warrington
The nurse is taking unpaid leave from the NHS to travel to a refugee camp in Poland

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The nurse is taking unpaid leave from the NHS to travel to a refugee camp in Poland

She has taken three weeks off work to travel to Przemyśl — around seven miles from the Ukrainian border.

Wendy, who speaks Polish, said she felt “powerless” back home in Bury, Gtr Manchester.

She flies out on Sunday equipped with two suitcases packed with medical supplies and £4,500 cash raised through donations.

Married Wendy — a trained nurse and midwife — said: “I am just an average, ordinary woman with kids and grandkids who is going over to help and trying to do what is right.

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“I just wanted to go to Poland and put my skills to good use.

“I’m nervous about going but feel it’s the correct thing to do.”

Wendy, who has worked for the NHS for 36 years, has family in Poland and her parents and grandparents were born in the country.

She added: “I can speak, read and write in Polish so that will be of benefit.

“I felt powerless and useless being here, so I decided to help.

“They are under such tremendous pressure with little aid.

Wendy said her bosses and her family have all been incredibly supportive.

She added: “Leaving my family is going to be the hardest part.

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“My eldest grandchild has made me promise not to cross the Ukrainian border.”

Wendy, who has funded the trip herself, said two businesses had given her £3,000, with the remainder donated through her JustGiving page to help with supplies.

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