A POPULAR teacher says she is determined to take her place on a trip to Ghana to help the underprivileged – despite breaking her ankle.
Deb Holland, assistant head teacher at Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, has been a leading light in the bid by Burton Albion Community Trust’s efforts to head oversees to help various community projects.
However, the teacher thought she might have to miss out on the ‘trip of a lifetime’ after injuring herself with just weeks remaining until she departs the UK.
She said: “I fell off a stepper machine at the gym at St George’s Park but, luckily, a man next to me helped, and he turned out to be a physiotherapist.
“I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to go to Ghana, especially after the year-long preparations such as climbing Mount Snowdon and doing the Derby 10k.
“I went to hospital and they didn’t put it in plaster because they were worried it wouldn’t be off in time.
“I told them I had got to go to Ghana, whatever happens.
“The doctors have now said it needs rest, but I should be OK to go to Ghana. I will be allowed to drive when I feel confident and can go to work, but I am wearing a leg brace.
“It’s not really the disaster it might have been really. It was more of a scare.”
The trip will help raise cash to support the work of Burton Albion Community Trust, which serves Burton and surrounding area.
It is hoped the event will help create a link between the area and Africa.
Mrs Holland added: “We want our students to understand how people live in other countries of the world.
“Forging links with Ghana will help us provide these opportunities to lots of people.”