Merseyside firefighter to treat survivors of Sri Lanka civil war

But Ms Crilly needs to raise £1,250 to fund her accommodation, training and food for the trip.

JS43958751A Merseyside firefighter is set to fly to Sri Lanka to help deal with the aftermath of the country’s 26-year civil war.

Claire Crilly, 27, from Mossley Hill, will spend 12 weeks in country.

The psychology and health sciences graduate will work in the community and in psychiatric hospitals to treat sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – a common illness among survivors of the conflict.

Ms Crilly said: “The impact of 26 years of civil war between July 1983 and May 2009 has left the economy, environment and population of this country in hardship.

“My degree is in psychology and health sciences and I have a particular interest in trauma and PTSD.

“I want to go and help these people who are suffering from PTSD after losing 80,000 to 100,000 people in the war.”

Ms Crilly works as a member of Green Watch, based at Kirkdale fire station, and went to Liverpool University.

Her trip has been arranged by SLV, an organisation that funds humanitarian missions in Asia.

Ms Crilly said: “SLV was set up in 2010 to offer assistance to a country which has little support for mental health needs.

“The charity works to provide psychological assistance, occupational therapy, sports coaching and the teaching of English to children with learning difficulties who would otherwise be left behind in the education system.”

But Ms Crilly needs to raise £1,250 to fund her accommodation, training and food for the trip.

She said: “I would be very grateful if anyone could spare a little cash to help me in this great cause.”

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