YOUNG people at a Wearside school have launched an appeal to raise almost £40,000 for a charity trip.
A team of 15 sixth form students and five teachers from St Aidan’s Catholic Academy will be travelling to Sierra Leone to work with disadvantaged children in a school.
Nichola Carson, teacher in charge of history at the school said: “The money will be used to pay for the trip and we will all be taking a suitcase each full of resources for the school.
“It will be an excellent opportunity for the young people to be able to go out there.”
Ms Carson said to mark the beginning of the project the school held a colours day, with students asked to wear one of the colours of the Sierra Leone flag.
During the day Year 7s and 10s wore green, Years 8 and 11 wore white and Years 9 and Sixth Form wore blue. About 200 students gathered in the school yard wearing their colours to make a human flag.
The trip is due to take place next February, but with so much money needed the students are already throwing themselves into the fundraising, with a number of events and activities planned.
Ms Carson, said: “I think the students are only just realising exactly what will be involved in the trip. They are really looking forward to it and being able to make a difference there.”
She said the boys are organising all the fundraising themselves, with support from staff.
Aidan Watson, 17, one of the young people going on the trip, said: “I think it will be a tremendous life experience.
“I don’t think I will be the same person when I come back as before I go.”
The Broadway teenager said he is really looking forward to the trip, which will be a huge challenge.
Aidan added: “It has been a really united front as far as the school community is concerned with the fund-raising.”