Spalding Grammar School student is turning back the clock for trip to Ecuador

Willis Ingleby ANL-160413-172030001

Willis Ingleby ANL-160413-172030001

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A Spalding student is asking local people to slip on their best retro outfits to support his expedition to South America this summer.

Willis Ingleby (16) is organising a disco at Spalding Grammar School to raise money for his month-long trip to Ecuador in July.

The retro dance, which will take place on June 11, will feature music from the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, all played by a DJ who only uses vinyl records.

“It’s going to be really authentic and very much of the time,” Willis said.

Willis will be visiting Ecuador with 17 schoolmates plus four members of staff on a trip co-ordinated by Outlook Expeditions.

The pupils, aged between 16 and 18, will start the expedition by trekking in the Andes, the world’s longest continental mountain range.

They will then do charity work, supporting communities living in the Amazonian Rainforest by building houses and trails.

Almost a quarter of Ecuador’s population live in poverty.

Finally, the teenagers will have the opportunity to experience the wildlife and take in some of the country’s most famous sights.

Geography teacher Stephen Lane, who will be leading one of the teams during the expedition, said: “Having accompanied students on our 2014 expedition to Vietnam and Cambodia, I can appreciate what a fantastic opportunity this will be for the students.”

In order to go on the once in a lifetime trip, each student needs to raise more that £3,500.

Willis hopes that the retro disco will help him reach this target.

He has already organised cake sales and participated in bag-packing events to raise funds for the expedition.

“I’m just really excited to explore the country with my friends and help the community out there,” the 16-year-old said.

“The trip will allow me to visit Ecuador and explore the background of the country, too.”

To date, Willis has sold 100 tickets to the dance.

He will be supported at the event by his half-brother, Spalding RFC’s open side flanker Harry Sharman.

“He’s a confident lad and I’m sure he will thrive out there in Ecuador,” Harry said.

The rugby player also said many of his team mates would be at the disco to show support for Willis, who is captain of the club’s under 16s team.

“It’s a great cause and we are all very proud of him,” Harry added.

For more information about the disco, please contact Phil Ingleby on 07946612730. Tickets are £15 and available for collection from the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding or the NFU Offices, Springfields.