Sunderland students on Gambia aid trip

Farringdon Community Sports College students Kirsty Barraclough, 16, (left) and Kate Flett, 15, who are taking part in the trip to Gambia.

Farringdon Community Sports College students Kirsty Barraclough, 16, (left) and Kate Flett, 15, who are taking part in the trip to Gambia.

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STUDENTS gearing up for a trip to a remote village in Gambia are hoping for help with fund-raising.

Farringdon Community Sports College has joined forces with members of Sunderland’s Youth Box Project to organise the two-week visit for 23 teenagers.

So far, the group has raised £15,000 towards the cost of the £38,000 trip and are busy organising numerous events to make more cash.

While in Gambia, the team will stay at the Gunjur Project site, in chalets on a compound, taking part in community projects, including helping to refurbish a school, joining in with the Act Now scheme to help widows and orphans and also working in the community gardens where the locals grow produce.

Members of the group are also collecting goods to send a crate filled with educational items for the school, such as pens, pencils and paper, as well as clothes and shoes for the orphaned children.

Among the events planned to raise money is a charity gig at Farringdon school next Friday, including The Alan Hull Songbook and featuring Archie Brown and the Young Bucks.

Doors open 7pm and tickets, costing £8, are available from gambia.gignight@gmail.com or at the school office. On Sunday, May 12, there will be a car boot sale at the school from 10am to 1pm.

Other fund-raising events include cyclists doing a sponsored C2C challenge and climbers attempting the Three Peaks Challenge.

Anyone who would like more information about events, or would like to make a donation, is asked to contact the school on 553 6013.