Student’s mission to help

Amy Cartmell is heading to Borneo this summer to help local communities and to take part in a wild trek.

Amy Cartmell is heading to Borneo this summer to help local communities and to take part in a wild trek.

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Living in basic conditions, with only food rations to eat and self-purified water to drink, helping build schools.

Not the way most teenagers would chose to spend their summer.

But that’s what Layton student Amy Cartmell has decided to do for five weeks in June and July.

Amy has signed up to an expedition in Borneo, with Raleigh International, to stay in and assist a community who live below the poverty line.

She will be helping the charity with its work to build strong, resilient communities in deprived area.

The 18-year-old doesn’t yet know the details of which projects she will be working on.

But she could be helping to provide access to clean running water and sanitation, she could be helping build a school or community learning centre, helping to teach children English or even working in the oldest rainforests in the world to help protect some of the world’s rarest and most diverse wildlife species.

Amy said: “I am currently studying for a foundation diploma in art and design at Blackpool and The Fylde College, also working part-time as a waitress at Revolution Blackpool.

“I’ve been thinking about university and which one I want to go and so on.

“And I decided to take a break from studying and work, to take a gap year.

“I really wanted to do something meaningful and my dad told me about Raleigh and the work they did.

“So after finding out about them, I decided to apply. I just want to be able to help people.

“I will be living in basic conditions, within a community living below the poverty line – with only food rations to eat and self-purified water to drink.

“I will be completely cut off from home, without any electronic devices, no means to contact my friends and family.

“Finally, I will take part in an intense, adrenalin-fuelled adventure challenge – which will see me trekking across some of the most remote landscapes and taking part in survival challenges.

“This part of the expedition will definitely test both my physical and mental strength and I will learn how to support myself in one of the harshest environments on earth, the jungle.

“I hope I will come away from this expedition having made a positive change, not only within the communities I meet, but also in myself.”

The former St George’s High School pupil needs to raise close to £2,000 for the trip.

She will pay for the travel costs herself, but is planning various fund-raising events for the amount she needs for food, supplies, equipment and shelter.

She has also set up her own fund-raising page www.justgiving.com/Amy-Cartmell or people can text AMYC75 followed by the amount they wish to donate (£1, £2 and so on), to 70070.

Find out more about the charity at www.raleighinternational.org