A LOCAL eye doctor has received a £500 donation from the Bridlington Masons to help him to continue performing surgery on people in need in Cameroon.
Dr Jan Van der Hoek, who works at both Bridlington and Scarborough hospitals, has been travelling abroad since 2007 to carry out eye operations on people in one of the poorest parts of the world.
Last year when he visited Cameroon, Dr Van der Hoek performed four corneal grafts which was the first time such operations had ever taken place in that area.
The £500 received from the St John’s Burlington Lodge Masons will help fund his next trip to Cameroon in March.
He said: “It is quite an expensive affair because there is a lot of equipment I need to take over there.
“I perform the surgery in an existing clinic because it would be impossible to work in makeshift surgeries, but there are still a lot of things I need to take with me.
“I rely on donations to be able to go over there and do it.
“Last year I received a £2,000 grant from the Filey Lions to go towards the costs of the operations, which was most helpful, and I am very grateful to the Masons for their contribution.”
Dr Van der Hoek said that the majority of procedures he carries out in Cameroon are routine, involving common ailments such as cataracts, but occasionally he is called upon to perform more advanced surgery.
When he visits the country again next month, he intends to stay for a fortnight.