Pupils raising cash for trip of a lifetime

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Adventurous students from Ashington are preparing to embark on a journey of a lifetime to improve the lives of orphans in Peru.

A group of 19 sixth formers from the Northumberland Church of England Academy’s Josephine Butler Campus in Ashington, will work with charity The Peru Mission to build a classroom as part of a school renovation project and carry out volunteer work in an orphanage.

They were inspired to plan the trip after a group of pupils took part in an expedition to Kenya last summer, helping to bring fresh drinking water to a remote village.

But first the students have been set the ambitious challenge of raising £70,000, which includes the full cost of the trip and a donation to the charity.

They have already begun their fundraising drive, but are now hoping that local businesses will rally behind them and are inviting members of the business community to a Peruvian themed dinner at the Academy on March 26, where they can learn more about the project.

Any businesses who would like to help sponsor the trip can call (01670) 816111 or email danielle.towers@ncea.org.uk

Events to come include bag-packing, a ball, race nights, and a car wash.

Danielle Towers, NCEA head of sixth form, said: “We hope this trip will have a massive impact on the Peruvian community where the students will be working.

“It will also help the group to appreciate what the world is like for many people, challenge their values and therefore influence choices they make in the future.”