Pupils and teachers to head to Malawi

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A GROUP of 19 students and three staff members from Ashville College in Harrogate will soon set off to spend a month at the Open Arms Infant Home in Blantyre, Malawi.

The centre is managed by former Ashville teacher, Neville Bevis.

To raise funds for the trip, pupils sold I Love Malawi T-Shirts, packed bags at a local supermarket, walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks and cooked for a dinner party.

The proceeds of last September’s annual sponsored walk are also going to the charity, which Mr Bevis has been directly involved with for more than 12 years.

In that time, more than 200 pupils have visited the project, based on the shores of Lake Malawi, and have raised in the region of £160,000.

Ashville College teacher Dave Grainger said, prior to leaving: “While in Malawi, we will continue some project work at the Makokezi School, which was started two years ago, building a shelter for students to shade under and helping to build a new toilet facility at a different school.”

The party will leave on July 8 and return on August 5.