Ilkeston pupils raise cash for epic Nepal trip

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Enterprising students at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy are ramping up their drive to raise funds for a once-in-a-lifetime World Challenge trip to Nepal.

A total of 30 year nine and ten students have spent the past year coming up with innovative fundraising ideas to ensure they each meet their target of £2,690.

With just under a year to go before the life-changing two-week trip, which will take place in July 2017, students are busy making plans to raise the final funds needed.

Cian Sheridan, 14, has raised around £2,000 so far by selling home-made cookies and holding a fete at the Great Northern Pub in Langley Mill.

He said: “It’s my mum’s friend’s pub and we held a fair which also included a raffle and auction. I emailed companies asking if they could donate prizes and lots of them came back to me. The auction itself raised about £600 and I think overall the event raised about £900. I think with Christmas coming up I’m going to try to come up with some festive-themed ideas.”

Ellie Chadburn-Tennyson, 15, is planning on asking for sponsorship to cut about ten inches off her long hair.

She said: “I’ve raised about half the money I need so far. I lasered messages on to slate coasters and sold them and I also did the Peak District Pathfinder walk with school and held bake sales. The company my dad works for, UK Mail, has also raised money for me and I’m planning on having my hair cut in January or February or next year. Hopefully the hair that’s cut off will go to making wigs for children with cancer.

“I’m really excited about the trip to Nepal now.”

Amelia Dawes, 14, raffled an iPad Mini to raise money and is planning on doing a sponsored cycle.

She said: “I think the trip to Nepal will be life-changing and I’m really looking forward to it now. It will be a totally new experience.”

Three members of staff will accompany the students to Nepal, including James Wheldon, teacher of product design and engineering, who is leading the trip.

He said: “We would like to thank B&M Bargains for letting them bag-pack and the Ilkeston Rotary Club which has made a donation.

Students will be running a stall at Ilkeston Christmas market and I know they have lots of other plans in the pipeline.”

Anyone who would like to support the fundraising or make a donation can contact Mr Wheldon on or call the school on 0115 932 2896.