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North Norfolk scouts scrubbing caravans to help pay for trip

PUBLISHED: 09:55 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:21 26 May 2017

From left: owner of Castaways, Anna Hollis, helping Explorer volunteers Kirsty Snell, Olivia Clare and Will George cleaning caravans. Picture: Maurice Gray

From left: owner of Castaways, Anna Hollis, helping Explorer volunteers Kirsty Snell, Olivia Clare and Will George cleaning caravans. Picture: Maurice Gray

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A group of teenage scouts is off to Ghana next year to carry out voluntary work at a run-down school in the African country.

Ghana Sunrise School. Picture supplied. Ghana Sunrise School. Picture supplied.

They will travel to the poverty stricken rural eastern part of the country where they will help at a school doing play-work, teaching and sport.

The school, in the village of Kwaha, is in desperate need of maintenance and refurbishing.

The 10 teenage boys and girls, aged from 14 and 17, from the Jaguars Explorer North East Norfolk district scout group, need to raise £5,000 to pay for the humanitarian trip and they are working hard by washing caravans, bag packing, and holding raffles.

They are being helped by Original Volunteers, a charity based in Norwich, whose spokesman said: “The main objective is to encourage enthusiasm and to help others abroad by doing all sorts of tasks, for example, nursing sick monkeys back to health in Africa, working in orphanages in Peru or Morocco, helping on rural farms in India, or a hospital in Tanzania.

“We help with flights, transport to their destination safely and arrange suitable accommodation with local support teams, and the jobs can also be combined with other teaching and play-work projects in Ghana.”

The charity has a range of over 100 projects, in 17 countries, based in three continents and is always on the lookout for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who like meeting and helping others, as well as making new friends and discovering different cultures.

The scout group spent a weekend washing caravans on Castaways holiday site in Bacton, on the north Norfolk coast, and raised over £500.

Anna and Richard Hollis, who run Castaways, invited them to scrub the 40plus static caravans in readiness for the summer season.

Mrs Hollis said: “The Explorers did a fantastic job and we gave them a good lunch for their efforts, and hope our sponsorship will help them during their Ghana project.”

The volunteers raise money to pay for their flights, accommodation and food for one week’s stay through sponsorships or doing odd job at weekends. The team will set off in February 2018 accompanied by three experienced leaders.

Donations for the project can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/NENDistrictExplorerScouts

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