THREE pupils at a South Derbyshire school have joined together to raise cash for good causes.
The Year 13 sixth-formers from Pingle School, in Coronation Street, in Swadlincote, will all be taking part in volunteering projects once their A-level exams are finished.
This will see the trio head across the globe to help out in Tanzania, in East Africa, Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, and India.
Katie Froggatt, 17, from Swadlincote, is all set to go to Tanzania with charity organisation Plan My Gap Year for a pre-midwifery placement.
She told The Mail: “I have wanted to be a midwife since I was quite young but it is very difficult to secure a place on the courses at university, so I decided to take a gap year to gain as much experience as I possibly can before I apply.
“The experience that I will be able to gain at the hospital in Tanzania will be very different to what I will experience in the UK.
“I will be able to observe between 10 and 15 births each day, so much of my time will be spent in the labour wards.
“Even my spare time will be filled because I have volunteered in an orphanage as well.”
Abagael Sykes, 17, from Swadlincote, will be undertaking a very different experience when volunteering in Madagascar.
She said: “I will be helping with wildlife conservation in the country, assessing the biodiversity and effect of human disturbance ion the wildlife and environment through surveys and techniques such as pitfall traps.”
Georgia Hunt, 18, from Swadlincote, will be going to India with Plan My Gap Year and told the Mail: “I will be taking part in a childcare and orphanage project. The volunteers provide education support and teach basic English and life skills, and in my spare time I have volunteered on a women’s empowerment project.”
To raise the funds required for their trips the trio hosted a concert at the school last night, to showcase the talents of their fellow pupils.
Support the girls by visiting gogetfunding.com/project/india-orphanage-volunteer or gogetfunding.com/project/tanzania-volunteering