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Energy firm boosts students’ mission to Africa

Back left to right: David Flynn, Ashley Davy and Mike Kelcey, trip co-ordinator at the Northumberland Youth Service. Front left to right: Nathan Whitmarsh, Jamie Pratt, Caitlin Banks and Jack McDougall. Holding the Kenyan flag is student Paegan Hall (left) and Deborah Walton, Finance Director at Lynemouth Power Station (right).

Back left to right: David Flynn, Ashley Davy and Mike Kelcey, trip co-ordinator at the Northumberland Youth Service. Front left to right: Nathan Whitmarsh, Jamie Pratt, Caitlin Banks and Jack McDougall. Holding the Kenyan flag is student Paegan Hall (left) and Deborah Walton, Finance Director at Lynemouth Power Station (right).

Students will kick-off their summer holidays with a mission in Kenya.

A group of eight Year 12 students from Northumberland Church of England Academy and Northumberland Youth Service will take part in the trip to help provide clean, safe drinking water and a new school for an African village.

They will spend the first part of the visit working in schools and debating subjects such as girls’ education with Kenyan teenagers, as well as discussing cultural differences.

Then they will travel south to carry out building work for a new school and dig a mile-long trench for water. Currently, the women and girls in the village have to walk seven miles to collect water, which takes two full days.

The Northumberland students have each raised £2,000 towards the trip, and Lynemouth Power Station has donated £1,500.

Northumberland Youth Service Trip Co-ordinator Mike Kelcey said: “The students have been working extremely hard to raise £2,000 each towards their flights, inoculations and the trip itself. To help reach their target they’ve run a tuck shop in school, hosted quiz nights, race nights and a coffee morning, as well as researching and writing funding applications.

“This is going to be a fantastic learning opportunity that will help them to develop links with Kenyan teenagers, as well as important life skills. We are extremely grateful to the team at Lynemouth Power for their generous donation.”

 

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