A GROUP of teenagers from North Bromsgrove High School will be embarking on a trip to Peru to help build a school for disadvantaged youngsters.
Isabel Cotterell, 16, Eve Stockley, also 16, and 15-year-old Amelie Taylor are three of the seven who need to raise £4,300 each to make the trip possible.
The group will head out to Moray next July as part of the venture with Camps International.
Once there they will work putting in water systems and piping and planting trees.
Isabel said: “I want to help people less fortunate than ourselves.
“I’m really excited about going.”
Eve added: “I want to help people in these rural communities,
“I have never had the opportunity to do something like this before – it’s the chance of a lifetime.”
And Amelie said: “There are a lot of simple things which we take for granted in the UK.
“It’s all about making a difference.”
The girls have already raised £7,000 of the £12,900 they collectively need.
Among their fund-raisers have been a Santa dash, sweet sales and a Jazz evening.
The girls’ teacher Mrs Bishop said she was not surprised the trio took on the challenge.
“They have all been really proactive in the Bromsgrove community and are all quietly determined.
“They have done a really great job, we’re so proud of them and we can’t wait to hear about their adventure.”
They also have the support of Home Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid who met them at Hoiti Toyti when he dropped in to hear all about their trip.
He agreed to offer sponsorship and said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea for the children.
“They will come back having helped others and feel good about the difference they have made.”
Alex Dentith, Eve’s mum, said: “They’ll be getting skills that they wouldn’t learn at school and will be able to experience different cultures.
“It will be really good for them – making them more worldly-wise and the fund-raising has already put them outside of their comfort zones.”
Sarah Hanson from Bromsgrove business Hoiti Toyti has also been helping the girls. She liaised with one of her suppliers – Rainbow Designs – which produces Paddington Bear soft toys.
They sent the girls 100 Paddingtons with Dreamworks waving the copyright issues to be part of the adventure.
The bears will be taken over to Peru and given to children out there. It is a very fitting move as the popular fictional bear travels from Peru in the stories.
The girls have rallied local businesses to pay £100 sponsorship each to have their firm’s name on one of the bears. So far more than 15 have taken up the opportunity but they are looking for more companies to sponsor the Paddingtons.
Among the businesses and organisations who have supported the bears have been Rotary Club of Bromsgrove, Hogarth’s Stone Manor, Millbrook Marketing, Staffordshire Signs and Graphics, Eureka Financial Solutions, North Worcestershire Business Leaders, Danton HR, Invoco Telecoms Ltd and Adder Book-keeping.
For more on the girls and their adventure, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PeruCrew19/