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Former homeless woman from Darwen volunteers to help Ugandan children
A YOUNG woman who was made homeless has said a big thank you for a large donation which has enabled her to fulfil a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip.’
Emily Phillips, 20, who has been living at Nightsafe supported housing shelter Cornfield Cliffe in Darwen for the last year since splitting up with her boyfriend, started fundraising to enable her to volunteer with young children and families in Uganda.
The four-week project, run by Original volunteers, required participants to raise £1,260 for flights, travel and accommodation before being accepted.
Her dreams were brought closer to reality after secretary of the Darwen Rotary Club John Jacklin donated £1,000 as part of his grant-giving charity W M and B W Lloyd Trust.
Emily, who has completed a thee-year National Diploma in childcare, raised the additional £260 through a bag packing event at Sainsbury’s.
She now hopes to book her flights to Kampala in October and then help look after young children, teach English and take part in community projects.
It will give her invaluable experience of helping others ahead of going to university to study counselling.
Emily said: “It was so kind of Mr Jacklin to pledge the money and I am very thankful to both him and the Rotary chairman Geoff Tolley for their efforts in securing it, as well as all the staff at Cornfield Cliffe for all their support.
“I’m now really excited that the project has been brought so much closer, although I’m a little bit nervous at the same time.
“I hope it will give me great volunteering experience, as well as allowing me to meet new people and help make a positive difference to children who don’t have the same luxuries as we do.”
Nicola Roscoe, manager of Cornfield Cliffe, said: “She’s made a fantastic effort and she’s grown so much over the last year.
“We’re really proud of her. She has come a long way since joining us last year and think that she is on the right path to achieving her aims.”
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