A KINDHEARTED student who is planning a trip of a lifetime to Malawi in June has helped raise half of the £10,000 needed to fund the group trip.
Glasgow University psychology undergraduate Lucy Taylor from Bearsden will be heading out to the southern African state with 11 other students, but desperately need help to raise the remainder of the cash needed.
Lucy (21) is hoping a forthcoming quiz night at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Bearsden on May 17 and a coffee morning will add to the funds.
The former High School of Glasgow pupil said: “I decided to do something with my summer break and hit on the idea of helping disadvantaged people in Malawi.
“I hate wasting the summer, but have not done anything like this before. Last year I went to Spain to teach English, but this will be something way out of my comfort zone.”
While out there the group will have to live just like the locals.
Lucy will be assisting doctors helping them test for HIV in the community and teaching English in primary and secondary schools, as well as at an orphanage.
She added: “I will also be working with women’s groups who are not very well represented in the country as a whole.”
And she added: “We need to raise as much money as possible. My group have been really busy fundraising and we had one volunteer, Olivia Edgar, run the half marathon in Edinburgh recently.”
If anyone would like to make a donation to Lucy they can do so on her charity page at www.charitygiving.co.uk/lucytaylor. Donations must be made by the end of April in order for them to be processed in time for the funds to be ready for departure on June 9.
The volunteers will spend 10 weeks in the country, but Lucy is planning an extra two week’s to do a bit of sight seeing afterwards.
HELPING HAND . . . Lucy Taylor who is planning a go to Malawi this summer to help in an orphanage among other things.