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Youth group’s trip backed by station

David Flynn, Ashley Davy and Mike Kelcey, trip co-ordinator at the Northumberland Youth Service, Nathan Whitmarsh, Jamie Pratt, Caitlin Banks and Jack McDougall, Paegan Hall, and Deborah Walton, finance director at Lynemouth Power Station.

David Flynn, Ashley Davy and Mike Kelcey, trip co-ordinator at the Northumberland Youth Service, Nathan Whitmarsh, Jamie Pratt, Caitlin Banks and Jack McDougall, Paegan Hall, and Deborah Walton, finance director at Lynemouth Power Station.

A county youth group has been given the backing of a local company in its fundraising mission to travel to Kenya.

Lynemouth Power Station is using its Community Fund to support a group of eight students travelling thousands of miles to Africa this month to help a village get clean and safe drinking water and a new school.

The power station has donated £1,500 to Year 12 students from The Northumberland Church of England Academy and the county council’s Northumberland Youth Service to help towards funding the trip.

While in Kenya, the students will be working in schools debating subjects with local teenagers on issues such as ‘should girls receive an education?’, as well as discussing cultural differences and similarities.

The group will then move south to work for a week helping to build a school and digging a mile long trench so a village can have water.

Currently the women and girls in the village have to walk seven miles to collect enough water for everyone to use.

Trip co-ordinator Mike Kelcey, from The Northumberland Youth Service, said: “The students have been working extremely hard to raise £2,000 each towards their flights and the trip itself.

“To help reach their target they’ve run a tuck shop in school, hosted quiz nights, race nights and a coffee morning as well as researching and writing funding applications.

“This is going to be a fantastic learning opportunity that will help them to develop links with Kenyan teenagers as well as important life skills.

“We are extremely grateful to Lynemouth Power for their generous donation.”

Deborah Walton, finance director at Lynemouth Power Station, said: “The energy and enthusiasm of the students is fantastic.

“They’ve clearly put a great deal of thought and effort into organising this trip.”

 

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