The Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund is donating £200 to help Spalding Academy’s head girl go on a World Challenge trip to Swaziland.
Ellis Taylor-Williams (16) is in a race against time to collect the £2,700 she needs to join seven fellow pupils as they aim to change lives for the better in Africa.
So far Ellis has £800 in the kitty and is appealing to the public and businesses to help out because she must raise the total by the end of April.
Ellis is offering signed Manchester United and Peterborough United shirts in a raffle to be drawn at Spalding’s Punchbowl pub on May 29 and will have a sponsored, 120-mile static bike ride over several days at school this month.
The schoolgirl is desperate to be on the 14-day trip staring on July `11.
“I can’t actually describe how I feel about it,” said Ellis. “It is going to be the only chance I am ever going to have to go to Africa.”
Ellis is really proud of her mum, Nina Taylor-Norris, who only recently took up running but raised £100 from a half-marathon.
Ellis told us: “I have organised cake sales, bag packs at local supermarkets and a pub quiz, but I am still considerably short of my target.
“The project involves a seven day trek across some of the nature reserves of Swaziland, camping at night in tents and getting used to the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush lands.
“We will also stop and spend time working on a project in the local village, helping to renovate a classroom and contribute towards education by meeting and teaching local children. I am beyond excited to embark on this thrilling mission.”
The teaching will involve helping children to grasp simple English and maths.
She believes other pupils on the trip have been funded by their parents but part of the challenge for Ellis is trying to raise the funds.
• To support Ellis you can make donations or buy raffle tickets at the Punchbowl, in New Road, Spalding, or click on www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ellistaylor-williams
The total needed on Ellis’s JustGiving page gives £300 as the target amount but the overall amount she needs to collect for the trip is around £1,900.
The raffle at the Punchbowl also includes a third prize of a signed Punchbowl Tigers shirt.
Ellis plays girls’ football with Spalding United.