Hartlepool volunteer takes her African aid experiences to Parliament

Iain Wright and Jessica Gray

Iain Wright and Jessica Gray

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A STUDENT who volunteered in a poverty-stricken country took pictures of her experiences to parliament to show Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

Former Brierton Community School pupil Jessica Gray, who spent time in Zimbabwe, in Africa, this year, met Mr Wright, to show him some photographs with a difference.

Jessica went to the Houses of Parliament and presented Mr Wright with a photograph she had captured while on the International Citizen Service Programme trip.

And as well as speaking to Mr Wright about the real difference British aid spending makes in developing countries, a snap of Jessica’s was also on display at the Portraits of Progress exhibition, organised by charities Restless Development and VSO, in Parliament, alongside other volunteer photos from across the globe.

Jessica said: “Zimbabwe was a fantastic country to live in for three months. I lived in a small village with no electricity and had to go back to basics, which was a struggle at times but also very liberating. Throughout my stay, I delivered sexual and reproductive health sessions to young people as well as setting up a library, resource room and a Young People’s Action Club in the local school.”