John hopes to make a world of difference in Kenya

Morpeth resident John Austerberry, who has won a place on the Vodafone World of Difference UK programme.
Morpeth resident John Austerberry, who has won a place on the Vodafone World of Difference UK programme.

A MORPETH resident will be helping people in an African country after securing a place on a charity scheme.

More than 11,000 people registered their interest for the Vodafone World of Difference UK programme and John Austerberry of Pottery Bank Court was one of the 500 winners.

He has chosen to spend two months working for Team Kenya, an organisation based in Newcastle that empowers communities in Kenya to overcome poverty, injustice and inequality by encouraging sustainable development.

Mr Austerberry said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to provide support to Team Kenya, enabling it to further establish itself as a charity that promotes opportunities for local young volunteers of the North East to engage in meaningful educational and community links with a deprived area of Kenya (Ndhiwa).”

He will begin his new role in March.

This is the second year that the Vodafone Foundation has delivered a UK World of Difference programme, which provides the winners with funding so they can work for a charity of their choice for a couple of months.

Last year, good causes from all corners of the UK benefited and 60 per cent of those who took part have stayed connected to their charity, giving the UK’s third sector much needed support.

The scheme is open to anyone over 18 in the UK who has the passion, drive and commitment to donate themselves to a charity. For more information, visit www.vodafone.co.uk/worldofdifference