Voluntary work beckons for caring teenager

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A STUDENT has persuaded her school to put its money where her mouth is as she prepares to travel abroad to teach Romanian children how to speak English.

Alice Porter has been given £200 by Ian Brew, Principal of Trinity Academy, Thorne, from a school fund towards her charitable trip.

The 17-year-old needed £550 to travel with Christian youth group Urban Impact, which organises a host of projects to help children in Romania.

She is raising the remainder herself with events including cake sales and a sponsored swim.

Alice will travel to Romania with another 12 young volunteers for the 15-day summer camp on July 17.

“It is a poor area and the children don’t have the sort of things we have in this country,” said Alice, who hopes to study fine art at university and become a teacher.

“I have been once before and it is so rewarding when you hear the Romanian children speak to you in English because you have helped to teach them.”

Principal Mr Brew said: “It is an integral part of the academy’s ethos that students strive to think of and help others, particularly those less fortunate than themselves.

“I was delighted to hear that, off her own back, Alice had organised a trip to Romania to teach children English and was trying to raise as much money as she could herself.”