Off to Peru to bring clean water to villages

Elizabeth Jenkinson (left) and Alice Bradshaw who are raising money for a visit to Peru.

Elizabeth Jenkinson (left) and Alice Bradshaw who are raising money for a visit to Peru.

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THESE adventurous scouts will travel to Peru this summer – not in search of Paddington Bear but to provide clean water for locals.

Alice Bradshaw and Elizabeth Jenkinson, of Stalmine Explorer Scouts, are hoping to raise enough funds to complete the clean water project in Anapahua.

High up in the Peruvian Andes, health issues are a problem for the villagers due to the poor quality of the drinking water coming into the village.

The pair need to raise £2,500 each to make the trip a reality in July.

Lizzie, 16, who attends Kirkham Grammar School, said: “I am particularly excited to be experiencing the Peruvian culture first hand and helping the community in such an important way.

“However I am also quite nervous due to the fact most of the people we will be in contact with will not speak English.”

The girls, who both live on Moss Side Lane, Stalmine, have taken part in several training weekends doing team building activities and service work, including planting trees, digging holes for pipes and river maintenance.

Alice, 17, who attends Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, said: “We have spent some time preparing for what it will be like in Peru, for example we spent a weekend only being able to use water which had been boiled for five minutes.

“I am very excited to meet the Peruvian Scouts in Lima and find out what it is like to be a scout in another part of the world.

“I am also looking forward to working with the local people and tying to improve their environment.

“As this is my first international trip I am slightly nervous about spending such a long time away from home.”

So far Alice and Lizzie have each raised around £1,700 through fundraisers including garden parties and cake sales.

They are also planning litter picks around Stalmine in May.

To sponsor the pair cheques can be made payable to West Lancashire Scouts Expeditions A/C and sent to Alice Bradshaw, The Old Stable, Moss Side Lane, Stalmine, FY6 OJW.