Harrogate boxer ready for Kenyan volunteering trip

Ben Smith
Ben Smith

A Harrogate teenager is seeking sponsorship as he prepares to tackle poverty in Kenya.

Ben Smith, 18, is taking part in a three-month community development project organised by the International Citizen Service. The adventurous student only finished his A Levels at Rossett School last June, and has now completed an incredible five marathons in five days to raise funds for the trip. Ben will live with a local family in Kenya, while volunteering in areas such as sustainable agriculture and skills training. He has already held a supermarket bag pack and a bake sale and is hoping for more donations to reach his £1,500 target.

“My fundraising activities are a way of making sure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers, so it’s vital I reach my target. I’ve been to training weekends and have been organizing all of my injections so I feel prepared right now,” said Ben, who is a keen boxer who trains with Harrogate Amateur Boxing Club.

To sponsor Ben visit www.justgiving.com/bensmithvso.