A COMBERBACH teenager is preparing for the educational trip of a lifetime.
Kate Armstrong Clark, 17, will spend six months volunteering at an orphanage in Africa.
She finished studying at Sir John Deane's College but instead of going straight to university, where she will study Drama, she is taking a gap year and will head out to Ghana in September to work in an orphanage as part of the Teaching and Projects Abroad charity programme.
She said: 'Last year, when everyone decided what university they wanted to go to, I wanted to do something different.
'I have lived in Comberbach all my life and I really wanted to experience a different culture, help people less fortunate than myself and also travel.
Kate will use her experience of working with local youngsters in drama workshops run by Development of the Arts in North-wich to good effect.
She said: 'Teaching and Projects Abroad helps out at a number of orphanages but only has enough people to provide the food and do the cleaning, it doesn't have anyone who can give the children attention, so as well as teaching them skills to help them get jobs, I will be able to spend playtime with them.'
THE six-month programme will cost Kate £3,594 to pay for flights, food and accommodation, while some of it will also goes towards funding other Teaching and Projects Abroad work.
Fundraising continues in earnest on Friday, August 11, with a money-spinning band night at the Barnton Royal British Legion club featuring Hartford bands Clockwork Angst and Man Made Mayo, though Kate is hoping another band will come forward to complete the line-up - anyone interested can contact her on 01606 891636. She also hopes to attend a number of car boot sales so is keen for people to donate any old items they no longer want.
They can be sent to her at Field View, Meadow Lane, Comberbach, Northwich CW9 6BT. Kate has also set up a website for people to find out more. It is available at www.kate-in-ghana.org.uk.