CHESTERFIELD: Royal Hospital midwife Joan Hopkinson talks about her mission in Tanzania

Dr Maureen Strelley led the October meeting of the Inner Wheel Club of Chesterfield, as president Ann was absent, and welcomed visitor Pat Dryden to the meeting.

She introduced the speaker, Joan Hopkinson, a midwife and nurse from the Chesterfield Royal Hospital, who had raised her own funds and used annual leave to go out to Tanzania teaching local midwives resuscitation techniques along with infection control, analgesia and treatment of hypothermia of the newborn. It was a far cry from her usual working conditions where the maternal mortality rate was in the ratio of 1 in 26 births at the Royal compared to 1 in 30,000. Mrs Doreen Madin gave the vote of thanks.

The business consisted of plans for the Christmas fayre, knit and natter afternoon and a working morning to fill Joy bags. Volunteers were needed to help with the Rotary Poppy Appeal and Christmas collection at Sainsbury’s.

Future club outings were planned to visit Hardwick, “Sound of Music”and a coffee morning at the president’s home in December.

The Rose Bowl flowers were presented to secretary, Heather White, for her hard work organising the meeting.