African trip of a lifetime for big hearted South Normanton student

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An enterprising South Normanton teenager is heading off on an African adventure to help build a better life for underprivileged children.

Fourteen year old Skye Newton is among 30 youngsters from five schools who will spend six days rebuilding a children’s playground in South West Africa this summer.

The youngsters had to raise more than £1,500 to take part in the once in a lifetime experience.

Skye, from Frederick Gent School, South Normanton is now home and dry, having raised a superb £2,105.

They will be joined by six teachers plus British Expedition Society (BES) leaders to install a jungle gym, climbing frames and swings outside a school in Namibia in July. The mission is being managed by organisations including NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Derbyshire County Council.

Skye has swelled the coffers by organising raffles boasting exciting prizes including sat navs, hot air balloon rides, and a day out driving top-of-the-range Porsche cars.

Other activities have included bag packing with fellow students in local supermarkets and organising a teddy bear sale that will happen during February half-term.

Mother Marcia has also pulled out all the stops by securing hundreds of pounds from customers of Sherwood Truck and Van, Blackwell where she works in service reception.