Hearts of gold

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MEMBERS of Queensferry Parish Church headed to Romania this week to help out at an orphanage for sick and abandoned babies.

They are taking part in a Tenderfoot Trip, a mercy mission organised by Glasgow based trust Heart2Heart Scotland.

The trust, which was founded by Queensferry Parish Church minister, the Reverend David Cameron and his wife Lesley, aims to help alleviate the suffering of many abandoned and orphaned children in Romania while offering physical and spiritual input into their lives

Lesley and Stella Campbell, the church’s probationary minister, and congregation members Elaine Woodrow and Douglas Fletcher travelled to the Eastern European country earlier this week.

Lesley has visited Romania over the past nine years and she and fellow volunteers assist the Heart2Heart International charity in Bucharest, mainly at a baby hospital, orphanages and two houses for young adults who have come from orphanage backgrounds.

Fundraising has also enabled the trust to carry out renovation work at the hospital and to help it carry out its work.

Lesley said: “Our focus to date is on a baby hospital in Bucharest caring for sick and abandoned babies. These babies need our love and tender touch.

‘‘Many of the people who have gone on our trips to Romania return to share the dramatic way their experience has changed their life.”