AS TEMPERATURES plummet a group of sixth form students plan to make a splash to raise money towards a charity trip to Uganda.
While their friends are wrapped up warm, Connie Bowyer, 16, Grace Collett, 16, Amy Green, 17, and Alice Buckingham, 16, will on December 16 be braving the icy conditions and taking part in a sponsored run into the sea.
The students from Parkwood Sixth Form hope to raise £150 each from this brave feat, which is just one of many fundraising events being held over the coming months.
They will be supported on the day by teacher Simon Casebourne, who is experienced in open water swimming.
The four girls are among 36 students and staff who in April next year, will be travelling to the Ugandan village of Kabubbu to work alongside the Quicken Trust for 10 days on building and development projects. They need to raise £17,000 ahead of the trip.
Connie, of Darwell Close, St Leonards, said that so far the group had raised £9,000 towards the target. “We are still quite far from our fundraising target, but we raise a lot at each of our events because people are quite supportive,” she said, “I’m looking forward to the trip, it will be a good experience.”
The money raised will pay for the work of the volunteers and that of the Quicken Trust in Kabubbu, including for example, the materials and labour needed to build two family houses in the village. Volunteers will be paying individually for their flights and accommodation.
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