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Ellesmere Port sixth former's Nepal ambition

Lauren hopes to help build a classroom in the sky but needs to raise £3,500

Fire cadet Lauren Hutchinson

A high school student is hoping to help build a classroom in the sky.

But first the go-getting teenager needs to raise £3,500.

Lauren Hutchinson, a student from Windsor House at Whitby High School , Ellesmere Port , has been a Cheshire Fire Cadet for over two years.

She has been selected to be one of a 16 strong group of cadets going to Nepal in October 2017 to build the school.

The two week expedition will take them to a remote mountain village under the shadow of Mount Everest where they will be working with ‘Classrooms in the Clouds’ a registered UK charity.

Fire cadets from Cheshire jet out on school-building mission to Nepal

The charity aims to improve the educational opportunities for children in one of the world’s poorest countries where some youngsters walk up to three hours each day just to go to school.

The expedition will give the group of boys and girls age 16 and 17 from different social and economic backgrounds across Cheshire a life-changing experience.

Organisers say the project will help develop their personal, social and leadership skills and help them gain employment or move into training, volunteering or further education on their return.

Ellesmere Port leader on cadet trip to complete school in Nepal

Lauren said: “We land in Kathmandu and then after we’ve caught an internal flight we will stay in a local town for two days to get used to the altitude before going on a three day mountain trek to reach a remote village to build the school.”

She explains she needs to find £3,500 through her own initiatives for the trip and adds: “In school we have already organised a non-uniform day and I’ve got much more planned.

“I cannot wait to go to Nepal for an experience I am sure I will remember for the rest of my life but also to see and understand what children from one of the world’s poorest countries experience of school and education is like.

“Even if we can make a small difference to one child’s life it will be worth all the hard work.”

Laureen will be spending her 17th birthday during the trip.

For those who wish to back her venture her justgiving page.

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