By Terence McQueen
FoUR District Nurses from Wallington, in Surrey. are travelling across Europe and the Near East on a goodwill and mercy mission. In Lourdes they have been nursing the sick. In Florence they have been helping out at an orthopaedic hospital. In Rome, last month. they were giving assistance in the Salvator Mundi Hospital.
Before they come back to England next year, they will have travelled more than 15,000 miles, helping at hospitals. mission stations and community centres in some 26 countries.
Nurses and friends all over England are raising funds to keep the goodwill tour going.
The leader of the tour is a Catholic. Mrs. Muriel Edwards. S.R.N.. S.C.M., Q.N. She sold her own car to help buy the Land Rover in which the group is travelling Like the other three nurses in the group, she has left her post in England to enrich her nursing experience. to help spread international fellowship and understanding. and to give help wherever possible.
She and her companions are writing an account of the tour as they pass from country to country, and they hope to get it published as an adventure story with a difference when they return.
After this. they plan to open a home for lonely and handicapped people in Wallington.