A determined teenager is on a mission to raise £4,000 to fund a once in a lifetime expedition to Borneo, where she will help improve locals’ living standards.

Daniella Bool, 15, of Hollands Lane, Kelsall, will spend four weeks on the South East Asian island as part of Camps International with some of her schoolmates, working on community and forest regeneration projects.

She said: “I'm looking forward to being in an environment that is extremely different from anything that I've experienced before and seeing animals in their natural habitats.

“Much of the work is focused on trying to improve facilities and promote environmental awareness within communities.

“Project work could involve building community centres, painting classrooms, building desks and teaching pupils and adults, to playing sports or assisting with harvesting and planting.

“I think it's going to be tough at times, but I'm going to learn so much about different cultures and languages. I'm going to benefit from the knowledge that I've helped improve people’s lives and also learn just what I'm capable of.”

The Tarporley High School student made a decent dent in her target when she and her orangutan costume-clad mum, Lesley Bool, collected donations in a bucket outside Kelsall Co-op on January 25.

Daniella Bool with her costume-clad mum Lesley Bool at the first of her fundraising events
Daniella Bool with her costume-clad mum Lesley Bool at the first of her fundraising events
 

She said: “Everyone was extremely supportive and generous.

“A fantastic start to what is going to be a long journey to raise the 4,000 I need to go on my expedition.”

As well as ploughing all her birthday and Christmas money into the fund, Daniella will undertake a number of fundraising activities over the next 18 months, including a 20 mile walk, a monthly tuck shop at school and a two-hour ‘zumbathon’ with local instructor Nikki Goodrich on February 22, at 2.30pm at Tarporley Community Centre.

For more information about how to support or donate to Daniella’s fund, contact Lesley on lesley.bool@ gmail.com or 01829 751974.