Students raise money for Nepal trip

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Students at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy in Ilkeston have launched a fundraising drive after signing up for a once-in-a-lifetime World Challenge trip to Nepal.

A total of 30 year nine and ten students will fly out to Nepal for two weeks in July 2017 but before then they each need to raise £2,690.

Students have sold Christmas decorations they made in school and managed to raise more than £300 and they are also planning two events as well as doing their own individual fundraising.

Three members of staff will accompany them to Nepal, including James Wheldon, teacher of Product Design and Engineering, who is leading the trip.

He said: “I’ve led World Challenge trips before but this is the first one for Saint John Houghton students.

“We held an information evening for parents and about 80 came along. I wasn’t expecting there to be so much interest but lots of students were very keen.

“While we are out there we will be doing a trek and then a community project; the students will be responsible for coming up with the itinerary and booking accommodation.

“Although it seems like a long time until we go, they’ve got a lot of money to raise so we’re getting started now.”

Students Regan Till, George Sensecall and Joe Roberts, all 14, said they were excited about the trip and determined to raise the money.

Regan said: “I think it will be a fantastic experience and it’s something that I will probably only do once.

“It will be a real challenge but I’m looking forward to that. I’ve signed up for the Derby 10k and will be looking for sponsorship and I’ve got a Saturday job to help raise the money needed to pay for the trip.”

George said: “It is a great opportunity and something I wanted to do as soon as I heard about it. I’m looking forward to the trek.”

Mr Wheldon said he was thrilled that the students would be taking part in such a memorable trip.

He said: “From my experience of leading expeditions and knowing what happens I think this trip will be fantastic for the students.

“They will get to experience different cultures and religions and in the past I’ve known students come back as completely different people. They will all have roles and responsibilities from arranging travel to budgeting for their food.”

Students will be taking part in the Peak District Pathfinder and the Challenge Colour Dash in Harrogate, both in April to raise money.