Teen set for big expedition

A paperboy is making some news himself as he is close to reaching his fund-raising target for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 4:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th October 2016, 3:10 pm
Jamie Ramshaw, pictured at the McColls shop in North Seaton, is raising funds to take part in a Camps International summer expedition in Cambodia.

Earlier this year, Jamie Ramshaw signed up to take part in a Camps International summer 2017 expedition in Cambodia.

Since then, the Widdrington Station resident has been working towards the £3,700 total he needs to be among the group of 20 young people that will be doing a range of activities over a four-week period in the south east Asia country.

As well as bringing in funds through organising coffee mornings and washing cars, among other things, the 15-year-old got a newspaper delivery job at the McColls shop in Ashington. He has so far raised more than £2,800.

Jamie said that he found out about the Cambodia experience when representatives from Camps International did an assembly at the school he attends, James Calvert Spence College in Amble.

He added: “I’ll find out the full itinerary in December, but I do already know that it will involve a four-day rainforest trek, voluntary work in local communities, including schools, and getting to see some spectacular sights such as Buddhist temples.

“My grandad (Gordon Oliver) gets his paper at McColls and he told me that a delivery vacancy was available. The staff at the shop have been incredible and they’ve held raffles to add to my total.”

The shop is currently doing a Hallowe’en-themed raffle for Jamie and customers can make individual donations.

Manager Linda Beattie said: “Jamie is a lovely lad and we’re delighted to help him with his fund-raising.”

Visit gofundme.com/cam bodia-expedition-2tq9sj8 to make a donation online.