Welton teenager ready for African challenge

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A TEENAGER is looking for help to make a difference to the lives of other youngsters in Uganda.

Ben Thorne, who lives in Churchill Road, Welton, is looking to raise £3,500 to take part in the World Challenge at the end of June.

He will spend four weeks out there part of which will be used to help build a school as well as teach the children some basic skills. The 15-year-old said: “I have only been to developed countries, so this is a chance to do something different and go out there for the experience.

“I found out about it via the school and thought it would be a really positive way of making a difference.

“I think this will make me a more mature person at the end of it because I will have to raise the money myself.”

The teenager, who will go out there alongside 15 of his classmates from Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby. He has already managed to raise £500 needed.

He will also be hiking up Mount Elgon, the highest mountain in the country standing at 4,321 metres.

The funds are needed to be able to pay for flights, kit and vaccinations and he has not shirked responsibility of raising the cash.

He is planning to do a sponsored bike ride along Hadrian’s Wall with friends later in the year. Ben has also been talking with bands with a view to organising charity gigs in Welton.

He has also started putting money aside from a part time job to pay for the trip but is happy to take on extra jobs for people to pay for it.

Ben added: “I have taken a job working at a paintball site out towards Coventry and my wages are going out there to do.

“I have put fliers around the village asking people if they want any gardening work done and have had a few people asking for help. I am going to be walking somebody’s dog in the summer. If anybody wants help and to pay me some money to get to Uganda then that would be great.”

He is currently seeking sponsorship for the trip and anyone willing to help him is asked to get in touch. Anyone who can help is asked to phone him on 01327 704344.