Trip of a lifetime to Kenya for Mary

Mary Evans with some of the crafts she has made to sell to help fund her trip to Kenya. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG240212-133TW
Mary Evans with some of the crafts she has made to sell to help fund her trip to Kenya. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG240212-133TW
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A TEENAGER from Pinchbeck is on her way to a trip of a lifetime after raising most of the money needed.

Girls’ Brigade member Mary Evans (16) has been selected to go to Kenya at Easter with six other young people from the South Lincs battalion.

She has raised £800 and needs £200 more to reach her target.

The trip will take her near the base of Mount Kenya, where she will be helping to train other young leaders.

She said: “I am viewing this as the chance of a lifetime to experience a culture that will be very different from home.

“For the final three days, I will also have the chance to travel the Rift Valley and go on a two-day safari.”

Mary has been a Girls’ Brigade member since she was five and is now working towards her Queen’s Badge, the highest award.

She has been accepted onto the 1st Spalding Boys’ Brigade syllabus because she is severely dyslexic and it is more suited to her needs.

A pupil at Bourne Academy, she is taking her GCSEs this year and hopes one day to work in archaelogical illustration/conservation.

Her latest fundraising events were a craft stall at the antiques talk in St Mary’s Church, Pinchbeck, and a sale at school.

She is also selling 100-question quizzes for £1 each.

If you would like to make a donation, email marypenway@hotmail.co.uk