A TEENAGER from south east Northumberland is undertaking a fundraising challenge in order to spend her gap year teaching English in South Africa.
Rebecca Wright, of Cowpen Road in Blyth, will spend 12 months on a placement with Project Trust, where she will work in a children’s home in either Mthatha or Johannesburg.
The 17-year-old has been raising money through raffles and bake sales, and is attempting to swim the length of the channel, which is 21 miles, in a sponsored event at Blyth Sports Centre.
She needs to have achieved her target amount of £5,400 by June next year in order to take part in the programme.
Rebecca, a student at Bedlington’s St Benet Biscop High School, said: “I believe that my gap year to South Africa will be a one-of-a-kind experience.
“Not only will I be developing myself and the skills I can provide, but helping those that are less fortunate.
“It will give me a hands-on experience of social care in an area where there is poverty.
“The Project Trust has given every volunteer the chance to experience something that will change them for the better, by giving them a new perspective of life, a chance to succeed in challenges and explore a country and its culture.
“I believe that I’ll come back from this experience with lifelong memories and friends.
“Receiving donations really makes the difference, I feel that every donation is a step closer to South Africa and I’m determined to get there.”
So far Rebecca has raised £370 towards her target.
Anyone interested in helping Rebecca achieve her target should visit www.justgiving.com/Rebecca-Wright8