FUND-RAISING to send a former Brighouse High School student to Uganda has snowballed.
Katie Ingham, 18, has already raised one third of her £5,400 target so she can travel to Uganda in August and become a volunteer teacher. While out there for 12 months she will teach at a local primary school and help in the community with other clubs as well as setting up extra curriculum ones for the children.
One of her fund-raising attempts was bag-packing at Marks and Spencer’s in Halifax, which raised £400.40 bringing her total to £1,536.30.
“We stayed at Marks and Spencer’s just before Christmas for about six hours and we had a superb afternoon. We had special T-shirts thanks to Calder Screenprint, collection boxes and a notice board with an article from the Brighouse Echo and some publicity on it,” said Katie who lives in Shelf.
“We spoke to many interesting and interested people. It is amazing how many people know of someone who has spent a few months volunteering abroad.
“Many thanks to Sue Williams and all the staff at Marks and Spencer’s who were cheerful, welcoming and supportive.”
Katie who has support from her parents, dad Simon and mum Tricia, is also hoping people will attend a coffee morning at Lower Wyke Moravian Sunday School on Saturday, March 2.
Later that month, Saturday, March 23, Katie and her big sister Claire, are hoping to do the Kilimanjaro Killer Cycle Climb.
Just after Easter Katie will be having an early summer mega-raffle as part of her final fund-raising efforts.
“We have had some offers already, but would be grateful if any local businesses could donate a service or goods or even make a small cash donation.
“Anyone that can, can contact my dad Simon on 07974477252 or my mum Tricia on 07966155449. All the support will be acknowledged in my newsletters and online where possible,” she said.
Also to sponsor Katie visit www.virginmoneygiving.co.uk and type in her name.