The fundraising efforts of two teachers from The Kingsmead School, Bridge Street, Derby, have been given a major boost by PK education, a supply teacher agency that work closely with the school.
Lucy Gascoigne and Kyle Henderson, both Pastoral Leads at the school, have to raise nearly £5,000 to fund a trip to the Kenyan slums at the end of May. As part of the two-week trip they will help build two new classrooms, renovate existing buildings and teach students, many of whom are HIV-positive and are orphans.
Following a £1000 donation from PK education, together with funds generated through raffles, cake sales, a beard shave by Kyle and a white collar boxing match by Lucy, the pair are now more than half way to their fundraising target.
The trip is being organised and run by Derby County Community Trust and Africa Adventures. It is the second time that teachers from The Kingsmead School, which offers provision for students with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties at sites across the city, have taken part.
Last year’s trip to Kenya not only had a profound effect on staff but also students in the school. Lucy said: “A DVD was produced of the trip last year. Whenever we play it the students are completely silent and many of them get emotional.
“We really appreciate the donation from PK education. It’s an amazing amount and has helped significantly towards our fundraising efforts. The total seems much more manageable and achievable now.”
Gemma Charvet, National Sales Manager at PK education, who presented the money to the school said: “We were only too happy to donate to Kyle and Lucy’s fundraising efforts. The learning experiences they will bring back from the trip will benefit the students at Kingsmead School immensely as well as help underprivileged children in Kenya.”
The trip will support the African Adventures’ annual Community Development Pledge, which supports and invests in the projects and areas volunteers visit. At the same time, funds will be raised to support the work of Derby County Community Trust which serves the local community, meaning the event will make a lasting impact in the UK and Africa. The Trust have already accomplished a lot in the last couple of years, including the building of a new dormitory for the school.
Kyle added: “It’s such a great opportunity that we couldn’t turn down the chance to go and see what life is like out there. We’re really excited about the trip but also appreciate it will be an eye-opener. Until you see it for yourself, you can’t fully understand the hardships the young people have to endure every day of their lives.
“It’s going to be hard to deal with, but we’re going out there to try and improve their lives, even if it’s in a small way.”
Lucy and Kyle will also be filming their experiences while in Kenya and using the film and their experiences as part of the School’s global education, citizenship and PSE lessons.
“We’ve seen videos from past trips and it’s heart-breaking to see. Living in England, we have everything we could ever need and it’s easy to take that for granted.
“I think going out there will show us that we need to be very thankful for many aspects of the life we lead here and we want to bring some of that message back.”
Kyle and Lucy leave on May 26th for two weeks – and can’t wait to get started.
Lucy said: “There’s been a lot of build-up and preparation and we’re eager to get going but we know it’s going to be tough.”
If you would like to donate to Lucy and Kyle’s fundraising efforts, please contact 01332 715970.