a KIND-HEARTED teenager has embarked on a fundraising mission to help achieve her dream of helping youngsters in South Africa.
Ever since Danielle Boddy heard of the charity Project Trust, she set her heart on taking part in one of its volunteering placements.
But before the 18-year-old can even think about packing her bags, she must raise £5,900.
The cash will help cover the cost of her 12-month stay in South Africa, where she will live as a local and volunteer her time in either a school or an orphanage.
Danielle from Chirton Avenue, in Marsden, South Shields, said: “I’ve always wanted to travel and I love helping people.
“When Project Trust came into the school and told us what they were all about, I thought it was an ideal opportunity to both travel and help people.
“I had already decided to take a gap year from finishing my A-levels to going to university, so after talking to someone from the charity, I decided this is what I want to do.”
If, Danielle raises enough money she will leave South Tyneside in August to start the journey of a lifetime.
Already Danielle, who attends The Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, where she is studying geography, philosophy and psychology, has started pulling fundraising ideas together and is in the process of turning them into a reality.
This includes a car boot sale at Temple Park Centre on February 15.
She also hopes to arrange sponsored walks and take part in bag packing to help her to reach her goal.
Project Trust is the oldest educational charity specialising in overseas volunteering placements for school-leavers.
Every year, the charity selects between 280-300 young people from across the UK and Europe for year-long voluntary teaching and social care projects.
Volunteers are given training and support before, during and after their trip.
For more information on Project Trust, visit projecttrust.org.uk/
Anyone who can help Danielle reach her goal can find out more by visiting her blog daniellesprojecttrust.wordpress.com.