Stapleford teenager preparing for journey of discovery in Peru
Ellie Fox has a hard task ahead of her.
This summer, not only will she be sitting her A-Levels, she will also be preparing for a journey of discovery.
The 17-year-old, from Cambridge Crescent, in Stapleford, is off to Peru in August to help teach underprivileged children.
She will spend a year volunteering in one of four regions, yet to be confirmed, teaching maths, English, arts and crafts to orphans.
Ellie will also be living in the tough conditions at the orphanage, as part of the scheme from educational charity Project Trust.
Ellie, who is in the second year of A-Levels in art, geography and textiles at Friesland School’s sixth form, said: “A representative from Project Trust came and did a presentation at my sixth form and I just loved the idea of taking part.
“I was shocked to learn that one in five people in the rural area of Peru are living in poverty.”
Ellie added: “I will be shocked, coming from quite a wealthy place and then going to a more rural, poorer area.
“It will be different to what I’m used to.”
She needs to raise £5,900 to help her on her way, to pay for her travel, insurance and upkeep during the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
She has already raised £1,500 herself, by hosting cake sales and coffee mornings.
Ellie also has a host of other fundraising events lined up.
She is organising a table-top sale at Trowell Parish Hall, in Church Close, Trowell, from 10am to 2pm on Sunday.
The daredevil teen is taking part in a 160ft bungee jump in Birmingham at the end of the month, and she is organising a music festival.
The festival will take place at The Doghouse, in Carlton Hill, on May 9 and will feature local bands including The Rascels, Bad Raptor and Vanity Box.
Her mum, Karen Richmond, 48, who runs Fox Scaffolding with Ellie’s dad Roy Fox, 47, couldn’t be more proud of her daughter.
She said: “I’m really, really proud of her.
“It’s something that I think is a very scary thing to do – to give a whole year up to go to a country you don’t know in a community that’s extremely poor.
“To give up your trappings, it’s quite a thing to commit to at such a young age.”
Ingrid Emerson MBE, Project Trust’s chief executive, added: “Project Trust volunteers enjoy a unique, challenging year of adventure and discovery, learning about themselves and the world around them. This unique formative experience gives young people a foundation of skills and understanding on which to build a positive future as responsible global citizens.”
To support Ellie’s fundraising, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EllieGoesToPeru or facebook.com/elliegoestoperu.