A Sheffield charity is supporting a hospital ship carrying out operations in West Africa.
Kids Around The World, which runs a charity shop on Chesterfield Road, Woodseats, has just funded surgery for a young girl, Ravette, who was left with backward-bending knees after an anti-malarial injection when she as a baby.
She struggled to walk, sit on a chair or attend school.
The youngster told those on the Africa Mercy Hospital Ship that she had been bullied and ridiculed and forced watch from the sidelines as other children played together.
Wendy Holmes, from Sheffield, who set up Kids Around The World, said: “Ravette was so excited to take her first steps on her straightened legs.
“She and her mum travelled miles to the Africa Mercy Hospital Ship and her smile grew wider when she was accepted for surgery.”
The hospital ship is one of five projects the charity supports, with others in the Philippines and China.
The charity is appealing for more donations of clothing, bric-a-brac, books, small electrical items, shoes, handbags and baby equipment to sell on to fund its work.
Wendy added: “All the projects have been visited by one of the trustees who can confirm that donations are wisely spent and reach those for whom they’re intended.”
Since the shop was set up in November 2012, Kids Around The World has donated £85,000 for good causes including furnishing a home for eight disabled children in China and buying a special wheelchair for a teenager there.
It has also built four basic homes for families who survived a landslide in the Philippines but each lost children.
And the charity has supplied educational material to for a charity which helps street children in Romania.
It has sponsored over 300 children in the Philippines.