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Students from Westwood College canoe for charity

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

The team of six from Westwood College, from left, Ryan Ball, Ashley Hodgkinson, Sarah Rodgers, Kim Butterworth, Tom Brindley, and Pete Bassett.

The team of six from Westwood College, from left, Ryan Ball, Ashley Hodgkinson, Sarah Rodgers, Kim Butterworth, Tom Brindley, and Pete Bassett.

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Students have been taking to the water to raise cash for a school trip..

The 'Extra-Oar-dinary Rowing Fund-raiser' took place at Rudyard Lake, near Leek, and involved students from Westwood College.

The team, which consisted of Ryan Ball, Ashley Hodgkinson, Sarah Rodgers, Kim Butterworth, Tom Brindley, and Pete Bassett, collectively rowed 15 miles up and down Rudyard Lake to raise money for their summer trip to Swaziland.

Of the 15 students travelling to the African country, six of them took part in the rowing challenge to help raise the £2,000 required for the trip.

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A spokesman for the rowing team said: "The small group had been collecting sponsorship over the winter and were glad to complete the event.

"Although the strong winds and cool March air made the challenge difficult, they raised a total of approximately £1,200.

"During the project phase of the two-week stay in Swaziland students have a wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in Swazi culture, as they will be based at a Neighbourhood Care Point or at a local school.

"There are approximately 180,000 AIDS orphans in Swaziland and the Neighbourhood Care Points are designed to support these orphans. Students have the chance to improve Shewula Primary School's limited facilities by helping with refurbishment and construction.

"The fortnight in Swaziland also consists of several days trekking and on safari. The team have been encouraged to fund-raise for the trip, as much of the money will go back into the Swazi community.

"Those who completed the sponsorship event wish to thank Ray Perry, the chairman of Rudyard Lake, for his extensive help with the event."

Anyone wishing to sponsor the team on their foreign trip is invited to contact, via the email address, jayson_hodgkinson@yahoo.com

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