Staff hit the streets to fund Gambia trip

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A trio of University Academy Holbeach teachers broke sweat for a good cause to raise money for a trip to help needy families in Africa.

Jackie Hallett, Jacqui Sesstein and Malcolm Wilson took on the 5km Lincoln Spring Chicken Run to fund raise for a trip to Gambia next year when they hope to build a bakery for about 350 people in the village of Cheesay.

The teachers hope to take eight construction and electrical installation students from the academy with them, provided they can raise about £800 each for the trip.

Jacqui said: “I’ve raised money for various causes in the past through sponsorship and as Jackie and I are friends outside of school as well, I asked her to have a go at the Spring Chicken Run to raise money for our Gambia project.

“We had very good weather for it and considering she hasn’t been running for as long as I have, Jackie did wonderfully well to complete the course without stopping in 36 minutes.”

The academy’s links with Gambia started when the two teachers visited the country in January and donations of books have been sent to a school in Kotu which follows the English exam system.

Jackie said: “Our aim is to improve what the Gambian people have as much as we can and our students will benefit by going there because they will get an understanding of the outside world.”