Mother and daughter team from Aylsham get creative with crochet hooks as they prepare for charity trip

Jenny Burrell and her daughter Elisha Syrett, 10, with their crochet stars. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Jenny Burrell and her daughter Elisha Syrett, 10, with their crochet stars. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Thursday, January 2, 2014
10:23 AM

An adventurous family duo are preparing for a charitable once in a lifetime trip when they fly out to Africa to work with the country’s youngsters.

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Jenny Burrell and her 10-year-old daughter Elisha will spend two weeks in Morocco volunteering in pre-schools and orphanages, while getting to explore the country and its culture.

The pair, from Aylsham, have been on holiday to Ireland but their African adventure will be the furthest they have travelled together.

And while it will be Elisha’s first volunteering escapade, it will add to a long list of charity challenges for Ms Burrell.

The 35-year-old, a self employed odd job woman, has raised £75,000 for various causes over the last 10 years by taking part in a string of activities including sky dives and a trek across Lapland with huskies.

And it was while she and Elisha were talking about her whopping charity total that they began planning their journey after the Bure Valley School pupil decided she wanted to do something to help.

As a huge One Direction fan Elisha was aware of the group’s work for Comic Relief - as they performed the charity’s official single for 2013 - and wanted to walk in the popstars’ shoes, so the pair chose Africa as their destination.

“She’s incredibly excited,” Ms Burrell said. “I’m a single mum so we have a really close bond and it’s going to be incredible. I think she’s going to get so much out of it, and we’re then going to take that back to her school to share what we have learnt and our experiences.”

The pair do not leave until May but their fundraising is in full swing after they launched their sponsor a star appeal.

Drawing on Ms Burrell’s creative skills they are now crocheting brightly coloured stars that can be sponsored for £3. Cash from the appeal will be used to buy school supplies, which the pair will take with them.

They will also be packing the material keepsakes to hand out as presents to all the children they meet.

Ms Burrell said: “We wanted to be able to take each child a gift and people wanted to help but didn’t know what to do. Then I thought of these crocheted stars.

“People can sponsor them and leave messages for the children in a scrapbook that we’re going to take with us as well, so we can say ‘all these people are thinking about you.’”

■ For more details about their trip and how you can sponsor a star visit www.jennyandelisha.co.uk

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